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RAFAEL MARQUEZ, Former Two-Division World Champion
“Being retired never entered my mind. I took some time off and came back with [current trainer] Nacho [Beristain] because I feel like I still have something to prove to the fans.
“I’ve signed [with Golden Boy Promotions] for four fights, but my mind is on this fight right now.
“I hope he comes forward because that’s exciting for the fans. Everyone knows that’s my style and I want to make the most exciting fight for my fans.
“I have a lot to prove. I want to be a world champion again.”
EFRAIN ESQUIVIAS, Featherweight Contender
“I want to fight the best fighters out there and I thank Thompson Boxing Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions for making this fight happen. I’m coming in real strong and ready to show boxing fans that I’m capable of competing for a world title. I’m not an opponent; I’m here to win.
“The fans are going to see a great fight. I don’t back down and neither does Marquez. My team and I created a great game plan and we’re hungry for this fight.
“Most people in the sport know about my father passing away from ALS. He’s the one who gives me the strength to continue. His spirit lives within me and he’s the reason why I fight.
“We went hard during our training camp to be fully prepared for whatever Marquez throws at us. I view myself as the favorite. That’s no disrespect to Marquez, he’s a future hall of famer, but I always feel like I’m the best boxer in the ring.
“It would mean the world to me to beat Rafael Marquez. Some people say he has lost a step, but I don’t think so. Look at his brother, Juan Manuel Marquez. These guys are built for longevity.”