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" I'm confident a good Liam Smith beats a good John Thompson. "
" I don't need any more motivation. I'm fighting Canelo Alvarez. If that can't get me motivated, then I'm in the wrong sport. "
" I can be the best light-middleweight in the world. "
" When I was fighting at a weekend, I would be in when my friends were out. I never had time to go out and go off the rails. "
" It's always Canelo, and it's Mexican Independence Day, so I know that. But I am the champion, and just looking back on that, that is one reason why I hope they'll respect that I'm champion and be fair. "
" Growing up with my brothers all boxing has stood me in good stead for nights like these. You should have seen some the fights we used to have in our front room. "
" I remember when Joe Calzaghe fought Jeff Lacy, and there was all this hype about Lacy being some sort of unbeatable force, and Joe absolutely hammered him. "
" I've been in the States and fought before. When I'm in that changing room, I'll feel as if I've been in that situation before. Obviously I'm going to have to deal on the biggest stage, and it's the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, but it doesn't faze me. "
" Canelo isn't a full light-middleweight like I am, and that's to my advantage. "
" Without being disrespectful to Jimmy Kelly, I'd rather fight Shane Mosley than Jimmy Kelly. "
" I will look for the knockout because that's the way I fight. "
" If you ask my promoters and managers, they will say I've never knocked back an opponent in my life. "
" Kirkland and Khan are chinny fighters. I am not like that. "
" The ones doing that, counting me out, are going to look silly. "
" I'm not stupid. I know on paper I'm the B-side of this fight. Canelo's the big name. "
" My mum will never let me be anything but grounded. "
" We used tea towels for gloves until we got proper ones and were always breaking our mum's ornaments. She'd come home and find us all sat in our boxer shorts, out of breath and our skin red raw. She hated it. "
" I wanted to fight guys like Shane Moseley, Miguel Cotto, and Alvarez. "
" My mum says part of the reason we moved house, it was a rough area at the time, was down to that - they wanted to help me. "
" People say I'm not world level, but I haven't fought at that class yet, so you can't say that until I have. "
" I'm world champion, so if I'm not ready for another fighter at 154, I don't deserve to be world champion. That's the way I look at it and what I firmly believe. "
" I'm getting criticism on social media, saying, 'Ah, you ducked Shane Mosley.' I've never ducked anyone in my life. They need to look into it a bit more. "
" Canelo's going to have his moments. I'm not saying he's not. But I'm going to have my moments. It will come down to who can finish off their moments and finish the fight the best. "
" When I was 17 or 18, I realised I could do something with boxing. "
" I'm not just coming here for a payday. I'm not an old guy at the end of my career looking for a payday. I've got a title to keep. "
" Now Mayweather has retired, Alavrez is the biggest name in boxing, and I'm looking forward to pitting my wits against him. "
" I'm a humble guy, I'm pretty down to earth. "
" From my point of view, I am the underdog going into this fight. I'm not saying I'm not. But I'm the underdog because I haven't fought at that level yet against anyone of Canelo's level. "
" I made my debut on October 10, 2008, so it'll be seven years to the day that I could become world champion. That's a massive night to be crowned. "
" As soon as I get in a rhythm, I'm very hard to stop. "
" I'm not going to say I'm not ready for a fighter like Canelo Alvarez. "