Boxing gets off to a fast start in 2017 when Badou Jack and James DeGale face off in Brooklyn in a super-middleweight unification bout. On Thursday, the two fighters along with members of the undercard and the promoters, including Floyd Mayweather, spoke at the final press conference ahead of Saturday’s fight.
Mayweather in particular gave an impassioned speech about promoting fighters, one of whom is headlining champion Badou Jack.
"On fight night, none of the talk matters. You have to back it up in the ring. I’m just excited about the fight. I’m not focused on anything else other than that. I just need to win.
"I’ve been paying attention to DeGale for a while. You have to study your opponent a little bit for a fight this big. I’m ready to do anything it takes to win the fight.
"I promise the fans it’s going to be an exciting fight. Don’t blink, because this one could be over quickly. One punch can change the fight."
"Badou doesn’t do anything spectacularly, but he does everything well. I’ve got to be on top of my game to get the victory.
"I’m prepared if the fight goes 12-rounds or one round. My training has been perfect and it’s all going to come together on fight night.
"I think our styles are going to gel to make a great fight. But don’t be surprised about anything you see in the ring. Enjoy the fight on Saturday night."
The card always features Mayweather Promotions’ Gevonta Davis against junior lightweight champion Jose Pedraza.
Watch the press conference below courtesy of FightHype: