World junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and challenger Rod Salka took part in a press conference on Wednesday ahead of their championship clash at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on August 8.
Below is what the boxers and promoters had to say on Wednesday.
DANNY GARCIA, Unified Junior Welterweight World Champion
"Come August 9th it’s going to be another great performance by me. I feel like I’ve got a lot to prove. I’ve got to show the world why I’m the unified super lightweight champion of the world.
"I’m already training hard in the gym every day and running the hills. If the fight was next week I’d be ready, I’ve just got to lose a few more pounds.
"I can’t wait until August 9th. Its going to be a stacked card, and August 9th is going to be my night."
"Danny Garcia has a lot to prove. August 9th, I have to go in there and show him [Rod Salka] that I’m the best fighter in the world.
"August 9th is going to be a classy performance, but ugly for my opponent."
ANGEL GARCIA, Danny Garcia’s Father & Trainer
"Danny is training hard right now, there’s a great camp going on. He’s going to come in, destroy and conquer.
"Salka can try to come in. He can work hard, but don’t look at the Herrera tape because you’ll get confused. Danny Garcia is a chameleon.
"Just because Danny had an awkward night doesn’t mean it’s going to happen again. He’s going to come in to destroy and conquer."
ROD SALKA, Super Lightweight Contender
"I’m coming to work. I’ve been working really hard, and my whole boxing career I’ve worked to put myself in position to fight for a championship or a title.
"In this country, thank God, if you’re willing to work hard and bust your butt then the opportunities will present themselves. Opportunities always look a lot like hard work in my opinion.
"So I plan on busting my ass, working hard in the gym. I’m living there now, and I’m going back there tonight. We’re going to give Danny Garcia all that he can handle on August 9th."
LAMONT PETERSON, IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion
"I just want to say that I’m happy to be fighting in New York. It’s my first time fighting here, so I’m excited. I’m training hard, and we’re going to put on a good fight.
"I’m expecting for him to have a big crowd since this is his hometown. But I’m pretty sure D.C. is going to show up and show out that night. I’m just looking forward to the fight and you all should expect a good one.
"This is my first time fighting in New York City and just knowing that all the greats fought here and it’s a big honor for me and go in and maybe give half of what those old guys used to do.
"I know he [Edgar Santana] will come in prepared. I know Edgar Santana can fight. He can hold his ground against anyone."
EDGAR SANTANA, Junior Welterweight Contender
"First of all, I’d like to thank Lamont for giving me the chance to fight for the world title. I’m grateful to be here. If you follow my career, you know I’ve had some fallbacks. I’ve been chewed up, swallowed and spit back out by the streets, but I’m here.
"I’m very happy and they say that I’m an underdog, but I’m definitely not training like an underdog. I’m training like I’m a champion.
DANIEL JACOBS, Middleweight Contender
"Finally, the "Miracle Man" has come back to Barclays Center! It feels great to be back in my hometown where I was born and raised and to have an opportunity to fight for a world championship here.
"It’s just mind blowing, the opportunity of a lifetime, and I look forward to taking full advantage of the opportunity.
"I want to thank my opponent for accepting this fight because he’s coming from Australia to Brooklyn to fight in my back yard. It says a lot about that fighter and the man that he is, and I applaud that.
"I remember being on my death bed, and I found our in the newspaper that the Barclays Center was opening and that they were going to have fights here. And me not knowing if I would ever be able to box again, let alone perform here...to be standing here in front of you guys and say that I’m fighting for the WBA championship of the world is awesome!
"I also want to say that I represent more than just the sport of boxing. I’m a true gentleman of the sport, and it takes guys like myself, Oscar and other guys who represent the sport well to continue to take this sport to another level.
"I just want to say thank you guys for all of your support that you’ve given me. It will definitely be the start of something epic. I appreciate you guys and God bless you all.
"This means the world to me, to have the opportunity to fight for a world championship and to win it in my backyard with my fans and my family here. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime."
"I’m training like a champion and come August 9th I will be a champion."