Photos: Adrien Broner – Shawn Porter & Undercard Press Conference

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Photo Credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

LAS VEGAS (June 18, 2015) – An animated Adrien “The Problem” Bronerheld court for several minutes Thursday, as a calm “Showtime” Shawn Porter delivered his own strong message in advance of the exciting weekend of Premier Boxing Champions action at MGM Grand.

 

In a different role than his usual one as boxing’s pound-for-pound king, President of Mayweather Promotions Floyd “Money” Mayweather helped run the press conferences alongside Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.

 

On the Saturday, June 20 PBC on NBC show, Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) will take on Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) after Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) battlesPhil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs). Televised coverage on NBC begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

 

Also at Thursday’s press conference, main event participant on the Sunday, June 21 PBC on CBS card Antonio DeMarco (22-0, 13 KOs) vowed to bring home a victory for his cancer-stricken sister in Sunday’s PBC on CBS main event showdown against former world champion Rances Barthelemy (31-4-1, 23 KOs).   Sunday’s co-feature showcases a welterweight matchup between Sammy Vasquez (18-0, 13 KOs) and Wale Omotoso (25-1, 21 KOs). Televised coverage begins on CBS Sports at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.

 

Also in attendance on Thursday were rising stars from Mayweather Promotions who will be competing on both Saturday and Sunday.

 

Tickets for Saturday’s event are priced at $400, $300, $100 and $50 and tickets for Sunday’s event are priced at $100, $75, $50, and $25 not including applicable service charges and taxes are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card for tickets to both events, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets for both events are also available atwww.mgmgrand.com orwww.ticketmaster.com. The weekend of action is promoted by Mayweather Promotions in association with TGB Promotions.

 

Here is what the press conference participants had to say:

 

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, President of Mayweather Promotions

 

“Mayweather Promotions has always done record-breaking numbers and our ultimate goal is to find the next Floyd Mayweather. With all of the talent out there, it will soon happen.

 

“I want all of the fighters out there to keep working hard, stay focused and know that there is no limit to what you can do. 

 

“With all the media here talking to him, it’s obvious that Adrien is doing something right. He’s entertaining and people like it.

 

“There’s no limit to how far Adrien Broner can go in this sport. He can fight. I’m in the gym with him and he’s boxing top guys. He’s pushing himself.

 

“Shawn Porter is a really solid competitor. It’s not an easy task for Adrien, he’s going to have to fight.

 

“Mayweather Promotions wants to continue to work with all fighters and help build their careers so that they can get to that top level.” 

 

ADRIEN BRONER

 

“This is the AB show. You’re all getting it first, live and personal.

 

“I’m fighting Shawn Porter and I’m fighting his dad. It’s like I’m fighting his dad because the check comes in his dad’s name, then he pays Shawn.

 

“Since both Shawn and his dad get a check, if I whoop both of them, will I get paid twice?

 

“I like Shawn as a person, but he gets so much negative energy from his dad. That’s just the truth.

 

“After I whoop you Shawn, come sign with About Billions and I’ll buy you a nicer car than your dad’s. I already wrote out the contract.

 

“This is going to be a great fight. I’m very excited because I love putting on a show for the fans. This boy will not beat me.

 

“I’m coming to deliver a beat down. Shawn Porter is a football player, I’m going to take him out. It’s going to be fun.”

 

SHAWN PORTER

 

“I feel great, it’s a good day. I’m just counting down until fight night.

 

“I’ve been working on everything in camp. I have a lot of speed, power, quickness and the whole nine. It’s going to take everything to win this fight.

 

“He’s got good speed, so we’re preparing for him to use a lot of that. We’ll make adjustments as we go along but the key is definitely taking care of his speed with our speed.

 

“It’s so sweet to be fighting at MGM Grand, this is what you want as a fighter. It’s my time now. I’m so excited about this opportunity.

 

“Number one, we have to take care of business. We know that if we take care of business it’ll be a great Father’s Day on Sunday.”

 

ERROL SPENCE JR.

 

“I just have to stay focused and put on a spectacular performance on Saturday night. Hopefully next time I’ll be the main event. It’s a process but I’m getting there.

 

“I’m ready for anybody in the welterweight division, I’m ready for any kind of step up in competition period. I’m not the guy to shy away from anybody.

 

“Porter and Broner are a little more seasoned that me, but skill wise I think I’m right on par with them. Skill for skill I can match anybody in boxing.

 

“A lot of guys aren’t in the position that I’m in to get the opportunities that I have. This is my third year as a pro and it’s all been coming pretty fast. It’s all about timing. I’m enjoying the process.

 

“You’re going to be looking at the future of the sport come Saturday night.”

 

PHIL LO GRECO

 

“There’s no such thing as the right moment. The perfect fight is when you want it to be. I got the call and decided that this is the perfect timing.

 

“It took me about 30 seconds to decide to take this fight. When you know why you fight, it makes these decisions easy.

 

“A year ago there was no way I thought I’d be on this stage. Now I have real opportunities and we’re here now.

 

“Win, lose or draw, I’m going back to the gym next week.

 

“I’m a pressure fighter. I like to engage and give the fans what they want to see. This is a great opportunity. Saturday is going to be fun.”

 

RANCES BARTHELEMY

 

“I’m feeling good moving up in weight. Everybody knows Antonio DeMarco is a very, very tough fighter. He’s one of the best I’ve ever fought. His record who he has faced proves that. He’s experienced, but so am I. 

 

“I want to be the best Cuban fighter of all-time and I’m on my way. 

 

“I’m in tremendous shape and I’m ready to go. I want to showcase my skills on Sunday to show the world how I can fight. 

 

“Who do I want to fight? I’ll fight anyone they put in my way. I’ll fight Godzilla if he’s there. 

 

“I don’t do predictions but this is going to be an entertaining fight. Unlike past Cuban fighters, I have power and can knock people out. In the amateurs you don’t need power. But in the pros, that’s what it’s all about.” 

 

ANTONIO DEMARCO

 

“This is going to be a tough fight, a difficult fight, but I have a great responsibility. My 15-year-old sister told me that if I win, she will beat cancer. She was diagnosed with bone cancer last November – and it was life-threatening. But her last chemo treatment was yesterday.

 

“From a ring standpoint, I am really looking forward to Sunday. I am very prepared, I am relaxed and ready to go. Besides for my sister, my other main motivation is that this is a chance to get my career back on track. A victory and I can get back to where I was and in position to challenge the best.

  

“I am treating it like another fight, but of course it is much more. Exposure-wise, you can’t get better than network television.

 

“I know Rances is going to be a difficult opponent. He’s a great fighter. But I have the experience to come up with a game plan to win. From a career-standpoint, this is a very important fight and I’m ready for it.”

 

SAMMY VASQUEZ

 

“It’s an honor to be here in this building among some of the greatest fighters in the world. Omotoso has never fought anyone like me before. 

 

“I’m here to restore the greatness of Pittsburgh boxing. Everyone knows ‘The Pittsburgh Kid’, Paul Spadafora, but we all carry the torch differently. I respect him as a fighter and he’s done some great things. We were raised differently and I’m amazed at the great things he’s accomplished. But I’m here to bring a new look to Pittsburgh boxing. 

 

“Omotoso is tough. His record speaks for itself at 25-1. His only loss was to Jessie Vargas who’s fighting for a world title. I don’t take anybody lightly. I’ve trained hard for this and I don’t think he’s fought anyone as fast as me or hits as hard as me with both hands. 

 

“I’m going to throw a lot of punches and it should be fun to see. It will be an entertaining fight. The main goal is to win. If the opportunity presents itself to knock him out then I will. I’m not going to go in there trying to knock his head off or anything. I have to box smart.

 

“In this game it’s all about longevity and the less you get hit the longer you can fight so I don’t want to get hit. That’s my goal.”

 

WALE OMOTOSO

 

“I feel blessed to have the opportunity to fight on such a big stage. Fighting on network TV provides all of us such a lift. Getting this kind of national exposure is what fighters like me need and what we work so hard to get.

 

“I’m totally ready to take advantage and I look forward to being able to showcase my talents on Sunday. All my friends and countrymen are going to be able to watch it, and I don’t want to let them down.

 

“I really don’t know much about Vasquez, other than he’s a southpaw whose quick, he is just another fighter who can fight. But we can all fight. It’s not like he has four hands and two heads.

 

“The best man will be victorious and I am confident that is me.

 

“I can’t wait for Sunday. I wish it was time to fight right now. This is going to be my Father’s Day present to my kids and wife.”

Full Non-Televised Undercard Announced for #Mayhem: Mayweather vs Maidana 2 Announced

LAS VEGAS (Sept. 10, 2014) – In only the second rematch of his storied career, 11-time five-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather will square off against former world champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana in a highly anticipated rematch this Saturday, Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. But before the main event and televised bouts on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME PPV get underway, some of boxing’s most notable rising stars will enter the ring for their respective tests in the fight capital of the world.

Competing in non-televised fights will be Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti, Damian “El Pana” Sosa, Fabian “TNT” Maidana as well as Junior “All About The” Benjamin and Kevin “The Second Coming” Newman II, who will be making their professional debuts.

“Fans should plan on arriving at the MGM Grand Garden Arena early on Saturday night because the excitement starts with the very first bell,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “We are thrilled to provide a platform for up-and-coming fighters such as Andrew Tabiti and both Junior Benjamin and Kevin Newman, who are making their professional debuts.”

“Golden Boy Promotions prides itself on giving fans action-packed fights from the very beginning to the very end of a card, and Saturday night’s jam-packed undercard continues that tradition,” said Oscar De La Hoya, president and founder of Golden Boy Promotions. “With several young superstars set to take boxing’s biggest stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, fans may very well be getting an early glimpse at the next Floyd Mayweather or Marcos Maidana.”

Undefeated and coming off an impressive technical knockout victory on Aug. 30, Andrew Tabiti (7-0, 7 KOs)is one of the top rising stars in the Mayweather Promotions’ stable. The Chicagonative looks to remain undefeated when he faces Lake Odessa, Michigan’s Caleb Grummet (3-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round cruiserweight match.

An undefeated prospect in the junior welterweight division, Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Damian Sosa (8-0, 6 KOs) will look for his third win of 2014 when he faces the Nogales, Mexico native Armando Lopes (4-3, 1 KO)in a six-round bout.

Adding to the Argentine-heavy card is Santa Fe, Argentina’s Fabian Maidana (2-0, 1 KO). The brother of Marcos Maidana will look to get his third consecutive victory when he takes on Springfield, Illinois’ Jared Teer (2-2) in a four-round welterweight bout.

One of Mayweather Promotions’ newest signees, Junior Benjamin who fights out of Las Vegas by way of London,will help to round out Saturday’s “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2” undercard with his professional debut against Tajikstan’s Alim Jumakhonov (0-0-1) in a four-round featherweight bout.

Also making his professional debut under the Mayweather Promotions’ banner is Kevin Newman II. Under the tutelage of Jeff Mayweather since he was nine-years-old, Newman, of Las Vegas, will be fighting Azamat Umarzoda (0-5-1) of Tajikstan in a four-round super middleweight bout to open up the stacked fight card.

Photos/Quotes: Floyd Mayweather & Mayweather Promotions Fighters Media Workout

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, 10-Time World Champion

“In 18 years I haven’t brought my best out yet. Being around the sport for so long, I have a lot of experience. I’ve boxed my whole life. I’ve never worked

“As I get older I want to settle down and be with my family. I’ve had enough fun.

“It feels good to be in camp. Everyone on the team is ready to go out and do what we do best.

“This is a give and take type of sport. Al Haymon has done a good job. Leonard Ellerbe has done a good job. Now it’s time for me to go out and do what I do.

“Maidana deserves the opportunity. He’s a champion with an 80 percent knockout ratio. He deserves this fight.

“Everything isn’t about speed. Everything in boxing and life is about timing. I’m a fighter that likes to take my time and be smart. Some fighters like to be reckless. You see what happens when fighters are reckless.

“Boxing is like chess. Every move has to be thought about before you make it. I like to study my opponents first.

“I’m not going to do a lot of moving when I get in the ring. I’m coming straight ahead.

“Everyone is supposed to say they want to fight me. Right now Maidana is the guy that I can’t overlook.

“I love all my fans that support me from Argentina. It’s the sport of boxing, so the best have to fight the best.”

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

“Mayweather is always ready for

“Maidana has tremendous punching power and can knock you out at any

“Maidana should be ready for a toe-to-

“THE MOMENT will be a tremendous fight. A must see event.

“Floyd has a unique talent that I’ve never seen before in my life. He’s better now than he was 12 years ago.

“Floyd’s preparation elevates him above

“J’Leon has matured as a fighter. This is going to be a very tough fight for him.”

“I have every bit of confidence that this is a challenge that J’Leon will prevail in and then be in a great position to challenge for the world title.”

RICHARD SCHAEFER, CEO GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS

“Floyd Mayweather did it again. He picked the most dangerous opponent he

“It’s going to be a thrilling fight. Maidana is ready and he’s going to come to try to knock out Mayweather.

“It is always amazing to be at a Mayweather workout. The turnout is something to see.

“As a boxing fan, I cannot wait for May 3. THE MOMENT is going to be an unforgettable night of boxing.

“The whole card from top to bottom is something that no one is going to want to miss and the pay-per-view portion is one of the best, if not the best we have ever put together.”

J’LEON LOVE, Super Middleweight

“I’m going to bring my A-plus game.

“I’m not scared of a guy Periban’s size.

“This is graduation season. I’m ready to fight for the world title.

“I know I’m going to beat Periban. I feel it in my heart.”

RONALD GAVRIL, Undefeated Middleweight Contender

“My opponent is not a problem for me.

“I’m preparing for a show. He better be

“It’s an honor to train next to Floyd. I learn from the champion in every way.

“Keep your eyes on me. The show is going to begin.”

ASHLEY THEOPHANE, Welterweight

“I don’t worry about my opponent. I

“Experience counts. I’ve been here before. I’m beyond ready.

“I’ve never been knocked out before. It’s going to be an action-packed fight.

“I’m one win away from the world title.

“It’s all about getting the W.

“I’m good for another few years. I’m still young and hungry.”

LANELL BELLOWS, Super Middleweight Prospect

“It’s just another day at the office. We do what we have to do.

“I’m working harder now. What happened yesterday is yesterday.

“I always strive to push myself further.

“He has to be fast enough to hit me. No mater how big or small.

“Expect a hungry man. Nothing but the

“If I touch you there’s a chance you may be going down.

ANDREW TABITI, Undefeated Cruiserweight Prospect

“Never give up. I didn’t think I would make it so that’s all I have to say.

“It doesn’t stop here. I’m trying to get to the next level.”

Photo Credit: SHOWTIME/Esther Lin
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