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PACQUIAO VS. BRONER PPV UNDERCARD FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

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Two-Division Champion Badou Jack Battles Unbeaten Marcus Browne for Interim WBA Light Heavyweight Title


Former Champion Raushee Warren Takes on Unbeaten Nordine Oubaali for Vacant WBC Bantamweight World Championship
&
Unbeaten Jhack Tepora Defends WBA Interim Featherweight Title Against Former Champion Hugo Ruiz

Saturday, January 19 on Pacquiao vs. Broner SHOWTIME PPV Event From the MGM Grand Garden Arena In Las Vegas & Presented by Premier Boxing Champions

LAS VEGAS (January 17, 2019) - Before they enter the ring on the undercard of this Saturdays Pacquiao vs. Broner SHOWTIME PPV event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, fighters competing in PPV action squared-off against their opponents at the final press conference Thursday in Las Vegas.

The press conference saw a stare down and some verbal sparring between former two-division world champion Badou Jack and unbeaten contender Marcus Browne as they near their battle for the WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Title.

The event also featured former champion Raushee Warren and unbeaten Nordine Oubaali, who battle for the vacant WBC Bantamweight World Championship, and WBC Interim Featherweight Champion Jhack Tepora and former champion Hugo Ruiz, who compete in a 12-round attraction that opens the PPV at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

In the main event, Senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, boxing's only eight-division world champion, will end his two-year hiatus from a U.S. boxing ring when he returns to Las Vegas to defend his World Boxing Association Welterweight World Title against former four-division world champion and must-see attraction Adrien "The Problem" Broner.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by MP Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with About Billions Promotions, are on sale now and start at $200, not including applicable service charges, and can be purchased online through AXS.com, charge by phone at 866-740-7711 or in person at any MGM Resorts International box office.

Here is what the press conference participants had to say Thursday from MGM Grand:



BADOU JACK

We had a great camp. As usual, Ive been in the gym training hard. Its nothing new to me. Im on weight and Im full of energy. I feel blessed.

Marcus Browne is a young up-and-coming guy. You have to respect everyone who steps into the ring. Im ready for this challenge.

On paper Marcus Browne isnt on the level with the guys who Ive fought. Who knows? He might be a great champion. But either way, Im focused on whats in front of me. If he doesnt respect this challenge, that might be his downfall.

Everybody opponent has talked about me and said Im a basic fighter, but after the fight, they have excuses. I dont want to hear any excuses after Saturday.

If Marcus Browne really believes that this is his time, then that will bring the best out of me. Im not a trash talker, but Im extremely motivated now. I hope he comes to fight. My prediction is to win and dominate.

Marcus has never been in this position so I think hes a little nervous or he doesnt know how to act. Hes disrespecting world champions and hes never even won a title.

Im dedicating this fight to all of the refugees out there. If you go to badoujackfoundation.org you can find out about the refugee kids that Im fighting for.

MARCUS BROWNE

My team has sacrificed their holiday to grind it out with me in camp and Its got me ready for Saturday night. Im in the best shape of my life physically, spiritually and mentally.

I have respect for Badou Jack for stepping up to the plate and giving me this opportunity. In boxing you have to fight the guys who are hungry for opportunities and Im that guy.

Im not trying to disrespect anyone hes fought, but I feel like he hasnt fought top level guys since moving up to this division. Im young and hungry and Im ready to go. Im a different animal than what hes seen.

Hopefully after this fight theyll say that this kid has something about him. Some pizazz, some sauce that I never seen before. My ideal year is winning this fight and getting on the phone and then discussing future plans.

Im ready man. Im focused, Im hungry, Im ready to get in there, weigh in and do what I have to do. Im tired of talking. Ive been put on hold a couple times, but Im prepared for this moment right now.

Badou is a strong, smart-headed as a fighter and just disciplined. A win over Badou would give me the respect that I deserve. But I gotta win first, and thats what Im here to do.

Im ready to go right now. Ive worked so hard for this moment in my career. Hes fought six world champions in a row, but he hasnt fought a real light heavyweight like myself. Come Saturday night, were going to go wherever we have to go to get this victory. Im leaving Las Vegas with this win.



RAUSHEE WARREN

I had a wonderful training camp. Theres nothing like fighting someone you lost to in the Olympics. I know Roy Jones Jr. felt like that when he got cheated in the Olympics. In this rematch, Its going to be a way different fight.

Ive been in camp for about three months. My coach has seen me overcome different situations in training. I had the toughest sparring Ive ever had in camp and I want to thank them for getting me to this point.

Oubaali hasnt fought anyone like me. Getting in the ring with me is a whole different story than when we met the first time. Its an honor to get my revenge.

Im a different fighter from when I fought for the title the first time. In this fight Ive picked up something different, which is my jab. I feel like Im going to control the whole fight with my jab, my speed and my timing.

In the professional ranks you have to sit down and pick your shot more than you did in the amateurs. When I land that shot, Im going to put my foot on the gas and finish the job.

NORDINE OUBAALI

Im doing this for everyone who supports me and helped me to this moment. Saturday is a big fight for me to get my first world title.

To have this fight in Las Vegas makes me very happy. This is the fight capital of the world and it makes it an even more special moment to be here.

I fought Raushee Warren in the amateurs, but I know in the pros its totally different. I know that I have progressed even more since I turned pro and am better than when we fought in the Olympics.

Raushee is a good, smart and slick fighter, but I have the strategy for this win. I have the power that he lacks. Im going to accomplish my American dream.

I came here to win a world title, not look at the lights. People may not know me now, but after this fight, people will know my name and know Im a world champion.



JHACK TEPORA

Im ready for this fight and Im thankful to Manny Pacquiao and my team for making this happen. I wish my opponent good luck and Ill see you in the ring Saturday.

Im just excited for Saturday night and I cant wait to step into the ring and show the world my abilities and what I can do.

I dont go into a fight expecting a knockout, but it comes automatically to me. The same thing will happen this Saturday. Knockout win.

HUGO RUIZ

Im very emotional and Im thankful for everyone who helped me get this opportunity. My team is a family and were here to take advantage of this opportunity.

I have a big responsibility to come and put on a good fight for everyone in the arena and watching on SHOWTIME and all over the world.

Im tall enough and strong enough for this weight class and Im coming to get another knockout on Saturday. Im more experienced than Tepora and I believe that I know how to start fast and break my opponent down.

I have won titles at bantamweight and super bantamweight and now Im going to become champion at featherweight and continue to prove I am a great fighter.

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

This is a terrific undercard. Ive promoted 14 PPV fights over the last 12 years, and hands down this is the best undercard thus far. Its just a great night from top to bottom.

Tepora vs. Ruiz will certainly be an all-action fight to open the telecast. Raushee Warren will enter trained by the renowned team of Barry Hunter and Patrice Harris, while Oubaali has the legend Roy Jones Jr. in his corner. I believe this all adds up to a war on Saturday.

The co-main event could possible steal the show. Mayweather Promotions own Badou Jack will be taking on Marcus Browne, whos a great fighter that is very hungry. Marcus feels like this is his time and he feels hes going to prove it on Saturday.

Words cant express how I feel about Badou Jack. Hes my favorite fighter. Hes done so much for the sport in a short period of time. Hes looking to put on a great show come Saturday night.

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
The combined record of these six fighters is 134 wins against just seven losses. You dont see that level of quality top to bottom very often. These are also exciting all-action affairs.

Tepora is coming off six straight knockouts, and 11 knockdowns in those fights. Hes looking to keep that streak going. If youve seen Hugo Ruiz fight, youve probably seen him in a Fight of the Year candidate, because thats what he does.

Raushee Warren and Nordine Oubaali are fighting in an Olympic rematch. Raushee is another fighter with high-quality fights on his resume, and Oubaali is aggressive himself, with five straight knockouts.

Badou Jack vs. Marcus Browne is a matchup of two top-10 light heavyweights who were homegrown on SHOWTIME. This is Badous 13th appearance and Marcus 8th appearance on the network. Badou has one of the strongest resumes in boxing and is one of the underappreciated stars in the sport. Hes facing another great fighter in Marcus Browne, whos looking to keep his unbeaten streak alive.

Top to bottom this is a card worthy of your attention. Were proud of what we put together and well see you on Saturday night.

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ABOUT PACQUIAO VS. BRONER
Pacquiao vs. Broner is headlined by Senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, boxing's only eight-division world champion, ending his two-year hiatus from a U.S. boxing ring to defend his World Boxing Association Welterweight World Title against former four-division world champion and must-see attraction Adrien "The Problem" Broner Saturday, January 19 in the main event of a SHOWTIME PPV event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The PPV begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature two-division world champion Badou Jack battling unbeaten top-rated contender Marcus Browne for the WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Title, former world champion Raushee Warren taking on Frances Nordine Oubaali for the vacant WBC Bantamweight World Championship and unbeaten WBA Interim Featherweight Champion Jhack Tepora defending against former world champion Hugo Ruiz.

For more information visit www.sho.com/sports and www.mgmgrand.com, follow on Twitter @MannyPacquiao, @AdrienBroner, @ShowtimeBoxing, @SHOSports, @MayweatherPromo, @TGBPromotions, @MGMGrand and @Swanson_Comm or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SHOSports, www.facebook.com/MayweatherPromotions and www.Facebook.com/MGMGrand.


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