Fernando Vargas Quotes
Photos: Jorge Garcia/For Showtime - Fans that have purchased over $1 million in tickets to see two-time world champion ďEl FerozĒ Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) and three-time world champion Ricardo ďEl MatadorĒ Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs) in what is anticipated to be a street-style brawl at STAPLES Center will get their chance when the two meet on the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 23..
Article posted on 16.11.2007
Tickets priced at $300, $150, $100 and $50 are on sale online at ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds at a catch weigh of 166 pounds.
Vargas and Mayorga will fight in a highly-anticipated main event of a card that begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and is being distributed by SHOWTIMEģ PPV.
Here is what Vargas had to say during a near-75-minute open media workout Thursday:
ďI donít like anything about Mayorga. He has a face only a mother gorilla would love. Iím going to beat the (poop) out of him. Heís a stupid fighter. He doesnít get it.
ďMayorga says that Iím going to run. Iím not going to run. Heís a stupid (butt). Iím going to knock him out. Heís going to feel the heat.
ďIíve never really hated anyone this much since I fought Ross Thompson. Mayorga has a big mouth and Iím going to shut it for him.
ďWhen I knock him down Iím going to look down at him and say Ďdonít act stupid, it was not that hard.í That way heíll get mad and get up, so I can knock him back down again.
ďAs we get ready for Friday, my trainer, Eduardo Garcia, keeps asking me three things: (1) Is Mayorga more talented than you? No he is not; (2) Is he stronger than you? No he is not; and (3) Does he have more defense than you? No he does not.
ďSo, plain and simple, that means he is not going to beat me.
ďMy fans know Iím a smart fighter, but there are also times I have to put myself on the line to make it an exciting fight. Trust me, Iím going to make sure I leave it all in the ring and walk out victorious.
ďI told Garcia I wanted to start working out again. He made me who I am, so he knows everything I can do. He, more than anyone, knows my full ability and potential.
"Iím so excited this is happening. He says I am Ďgoodí so that Iím so that means that Iím back. He wonít kiss my butt; he tells the truth.
ďIf heís happy, Iím happy. He is the father Iíve never had. I have more respect for him than anything. I come to him for advice for more than just boxing, but for life.
ďIíve been working out since January. Iíve been in the gym non stop.
ď(The postponement) was very difficult because we had great momentum. But everything happens for a reason. I was taking too many Aspirin and I started bleeding from my stomach.
"Iím a fighter, and I was losing the equivalent of two pints of blood. It took me two months to get back to normal.
ď(I canít forget) what happened at the press conference. The cat tried to sucker punch me. He doesnít know Iím a counter puncher.
"You try and back hand me at a press conference, thatís the wrong thing to do, Iíll tell you that much. Iíve been in one or two street fights in my life. I let him slip off my jacket and he didnít land anything.
ďI feel good. This is it. I know Iím going to look great in this fight, but thatís it. This is my last fight. Iíve got other things I got to do. Iíve got other business ventures.
ďIím focused. I wonít really think about it being my last fight until I wrap up my gloves for the last time. I am ready to go out on a bang.Ē
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