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Navarro-Pacquiao Press Conference Quotes

15.06.05 - Carlos Navarro (26-3-1, 21 KOs) will defend his WBC Continental America’s 130-pound title against Philippine junior lightweight titleholder Bobby Pacquiao, the younger brother of superstar Manny Pacquiao, in the main event Friday on ESPN2 at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, Calif. The casino is located approximately 15 minutes north of Fresno. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. PT. The first bell is 6:15.. The ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast begins live at 7. Tickets are priced at $75, $45, $25 and $15 are available at Table Mountain Casino box office, online at http://www.tmcasino.com or by calling the casino (559) 822-7777. The event is presented by K2 in association with Table Mountain Casino.



CARLOS NAVARRO

“Confidence-wise, I am always the same, so it wasn’t like I got sky high after beating Agapito Sanchez. What that victory did for me which was more important than anything was remind fans and media that I am back in the game and serious about fighting for and winning a world title. I was happy with the way I beat Agapito, but I wish I could have knocked him out earlier.

“There is no way I am going to take any opponent lightly and that includes Bobby Pacquiao. He didn’t come here all the way from the Philippines to lose. I never watch tapes or study future opponents so I don’t know what to except, but this is going to be a great fight.

“I am in tremendous shape and have trained for anything he brings to the table. I can adapt so if he wants to box, I will box. If he attacks, I will slug. Whatever he does, I will do better. I haven’t fought since December, but ring rust will not be a factor. I know I cannot just merely win, but must win impressively.

“Winning the WBC Continental title was big, but it is just the start. I know my time is coming if I can win a few more fights. K2 Promotions and Tom Loeffler have done a great job moving me so I know if I do my job they will do theirs.

“I don’t care what I have to do; I am going to win this fight. If it means kicking or biting, I will do it. There is no way I am going to let this guy take away my title.’’


BOBBY PAUQUIAO

“This is only my second fight in America, so this is a great opportunity for me to show the world that there is another boxer named Pacquiao who can fight and is worth watching.

“There is a friendly competition between me and Manny, just like other brothers have. But I am very happy for him and hope I get the same kind of attention he has some day.

“A win over Navarro would be a great beginning. I am very well prepared for this fight and am very hungry for a victory. I appreciate the fact I am getting the opportunity and thank all involved for making this fight happen.

“I have been here since Monday, so by Friday I will be acclimated and ready to perform my best. I will give it my all. This is the biggest fight of my career.’’

Article posted on 15.06.2005



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