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Alberto Machado vs Carlos Morales Final Media Press Conference

*CAROLINA, PUERTO RICO* (Aug. 15, 2017) NABO Super Featherweight
champion *Alberto
“El Explosivo” Machado* (17-0, 15 KOs) and NABA Super Featherweight
champion *Carlos “The Solution” Morales* (16-1-3, 6 KOs) hosted a press
conference today ahead of their 10-round super featherweight unification
fight that will headline the Aug. 18 edition of *Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN*.
Catch the live coverage of Machado vs. Morales on ESPN Deportes starting at 10
p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST, and on ESPN2 beginning at 11 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT.

Below is what fighters on Friday, August 18 Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN main
event had to say at today’s press conference:

*ALBERTO “EXPLOSIVO” MACHADO, NABA Super Featherweight Champion:*
“Thank you all for coming today, and I give thanks to God for giving me the
opportunity to be here. I am super happy and gracious to my team,
especially to Freddie Roach, Marvin Somodio, and Miguel Cotto for helping
me in my preparation for this great fight.”

“I know I am prepared not only just physically, but mentally for this
fight. I would like to thank Golden Boy and their entire team, and welcome
them to the island. I know that Morales has prepared well, and is ready to
give a tough fight. I know he has had difficulties before in his career,
and he has slowly come up the ranks. However, I had the great career
opportunity to train with Miguel Cotto, and I have learned so much from his
discipline so that I can one day become Puerto Rico’s next world champion.”

*CARLOS “THE SOLUTION” MORALES, NABO Super Featherweight Champion:*

“Thank you to everyone for the support. I am extremely happy to be here, in
the island of enchantment, to be able to continue my goals and dreams in
becoming a future world champion. I know I am facing an extremely strong
opponent in Alberto Machado. We are going to provide a great war, as there
always is between the Mexico versus Puerto Rico rivalry.”

“I know Machado prepared very well, as he was training in Los Angeles with
Miguel Cotto and Freddie Roach. I trained out of Los Angeles as well – the
boxing world is a small one. We have come to take everyone by surprise –
something that I have always done in my career in coming as the opponent
and coming out victorious. We will be giving Machado “The Solution”
come Friday,
August 18.”

*ROBERTO DIAZ, Matchmaker of Golden Boy Promotions:*
“We are very excited and happy to be back again in Puerto Rico, and be
working with one of the best boxers the island has produced – the great
Miguel Cotto. This is the first of many, many more shows, and we wanted to
jump start our partnership with a great show, with two great fighters, with
the always warlike Mexico versus Puerto Rico rivalry.”

“This is a very important fight for both fighters. There is a lot at risk
here – the winner of this fight will most definitely be fighting for a
world title soon. Morales came to us as a rival opponent three times, in
which he beat three of our guys. When I asked him, ‘Why are you beating my
guys? He responded with, ‘I want to be a Golden Boy Fighter, I want to be a
world champion.’ All eyes will be on Puerto Rico this Friday, with the ESPN
coverage reaching 50 countries.”

*HECTOR SOTO, Vice-President of Cotto Promotions:*
“Good afternoon, thank you to all the press for attending this final press
conference for our Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN event held at Complejo Ferial
de Puerto Rico. We are very excited about the top, worldwide quality level
event we have put together. I would like to thank our sponsors and Golden
Boy Promotions for helping us put together such an event. We are presenting
a grand total of eight fights come Friday, that are sure to entertain.

“Machado comes from training with Miguel Cotto and Freddie Roach in Los
Angeles in preparation for this fight. We tasked ourselves with the
homework to make little tweaks in Machado, and convert him into a great
star. We are excited that our great prospect will have a platform like ESPN
to show his talent to the world that we have always known he has.”

*Machado vs. Morales* is a 10-round fight for the NABO and NABA super
featherweight titles, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto
Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD and Hennessy, never
stop, never settle. The bout will take place on Friday, August 18 at
Complejo Ferial De Puerto Rico in Ponce. The ESPN 3 and ESPN app will begin
at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and coverage will air live on ESPN Deportes
starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT and on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. ET/ 8:00
p.m. PT.

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Tickets for Alberto Machado vs. Carlos Morales are priced at $25 for
general admission and $50 for VIP tables plus applicable taxes, fees and
service charges. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketpluspr.com

by phone at (787) 808-5000, and at Complejo Ferial de Puerto Rico Box
Office at www.complejoferialpr.com or by phone at (787) 567-4181.

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