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"Blaze of Glory" Quotes: Pacquiao-Solis, Arce-Mijares

Pac-SolisSAN ANTONIO (April 12, 2007) -- Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank -- The final news conference for "Blaze of Glory!" -- Saturday's four-fight Pay-Per-View extravaganza -- had the eight principals facing off at The Alamodome for the final time before Friday's Official Weigh-in, which will be open to the public.

Manny Pacquiao: "I know my opponent Jorge Solis has worked hard and is determined to win. This will be a great fight for both of us, both of our countries and all of our fans. But there can only be one winner and I have every intention of leaving the ring the way I came in -- as champion."

Justin Fortune: "We never underestimate an opponent. But a physically fit and strong Manny Pacquiao is impossible to beat, and Jorge Solis, you can call this fight Mission Impossible."

Jorge Solis: "When I heard that I was fighting Manny Pacquiao in the main event on pay-per-view I got so excited I started jumping up and down. I couldn't sleep - not scared - but because of the excitement of it all. I came to San Antonio to win. As the saying goes in my hometown, I am taking home all of the marbles. I hold the pride of Mexico in my two fists. Manny's winning streak over my countrymen will end Saturday night. Be ready Manny, no excuses!"

Fernando Beltran, Solis' promoter: "Solis is undefeated and he doesn't know how to lose. He is a two-time national champion in a great, great weight class. I really believe Solis will shock The Philippines and the world. Mexico will be very proud of its champion on Saturday night."

Jorge Arce: "My time is now and this will be a historic night. I want to say this to Cristian Mijares: you have 3 days left to be a champion and you better enjoy it."

Cristian Mijares: "Fights are won in the ring not at press conferences and I will give Arce a boxing lesson. Everyone will know my name after this fight."

Brian Viloria: "I am going to take back what is rightfully mine - the world title."

Edgar Sosa: "I know this a tough fight. Brian Viloria is very strong, very fast but I believe in myself and I am confident I will bring the title back to Mexico."

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr "Anthony Shuler didn't say much at the podium and it's those kind of guys I worry about. However, I plan to look sensational because Top Rank has promised me a very big fight after this one."

Anthony Shuler: "I worked a long time to get ready for Chavez. He is in for a rude awakening about what real boxing is all about."


"Blaze of Glory!" is projected to become the second most successful boxing card in San Antonio history. Broadcast live from The Alamodome, beginning at 9 P.M. ET / 6 P.M. PT, "Blaze of Glory!" will surpass almost every boxing card promoted in San Antonio, including Oscar De La Hoya's 1997 welterweight title defense against David Kamau, and Pacquiao's 2003 knockout victory of Marco Antonio Barrera. Only the legendary welterweight title fight between Pernell Whitaker and Julio Cesar Chavez in 1993 sold more tickets.

The PPV portion of "Blaze of Glory!" is headlined by boxing's pound-for-pound most exciting fighter, the reigning "Fighter of the Year" and Congressional candidate MANNY "PAC-MAN" PACQUIAO (40-3-2, 33 KOs), from The Philippines, defending his WBC International super featherweight title against undefeated top-rated contender JORGE "COLORADITO" SOLIS (30-0-2, 23 KOs), from Mexico. Also featured in the broadcast will be a Mexican civil war between WBC super flyweight champion CRISTIAN MIJARES (30-3-2, 11 KOs), from Gomez Palacio, Mexico, defending his title against two-time world champion and current No. 1 contender JORGE "EL TRAVIESO" ARCE (46-3-1, 35 KOs), from Los Mochis, Mexico; former world champion and current No. 1 contender BRIAN VILORIA (19-1-1, 12 KOs), from Waipahu, Hawaii, taking on No. 2 contender EDGAR SOSA (26-5, 14 KOs), from Mexico City, Mexico, for the vacant WBC light flyweight title; and undefeated contender, JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ, Jr. (29-0-1, 22 KOs), from Culiacan, Mexico, son of Mexican icon Julio Cesar Chavez, in a 10-round welterweight bout against tough veteran ANTHONY SHULER (20-4-1, 14 KOs), from Indianapolis.

Remaining tickets for "Blaze of Glory!" priced at $300, $200, $100, $75, $50, $35, can be purchased at the Alamodome Box Office, by calling (210) 207-3663 and at www.Ticketmaster.com

Article posted on 12.04.2007



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