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DIEGO DE LA HOYA AND MERCITO “NO MERCY” GESTA LOS ANGELES MEDIA QUOTES


LOS ANGELES (May 29, 2018): *Diego De La Hoya* (20-0, 9 KOs) of Mexicali,
Mexico hosted a media workout today at *Wild Card Boxing Club* ahead
of the June
8 edition of *Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN* at *Turning Stone Resort Casino* in
Verona, N.Y. De La Hoya will defend his NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight
Titles against *Jose “Sugar” Salgado* (35-4-2, 28 KOs) of Cozumel, Mexico
in the 10-round main event.

ESPN3 will stream the fights live beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
ESPN2 will air the fights at a delayed start time of 12:30 a.m. ET/9:30
p.m. PT.
ESPN Deportes will air the fights the following day at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00
p.m. PT.

Here is what Diego De La Hoya had to say at today’s media workout:

*DIEGO DE LA HOYA, **NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Champion:*

“This is going to be a tough fight. Salgado has the record of a knockout
artist. But that doesn’t intimidate me. I’m going do a good job and show
that I’m back. I’m going to show that I’m ready for a world title shot.
He’s been saying a few things about me, but he just wants me to lose my
focus. He can talk all he wants, but I’ll do my talking in the ring. All I
have to say is that I’m going to give a great fight. Winning this fight, I
want to face any champion who will give me the opportunity. But they just
have to know what they will lose their title fighting me.”

*(ABOVE: Mercito Gesta works the mitts with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie
Roach ahead of his clash in the main event of the June 14 edition of Golden
Boy Boxing on ESPN)*

Fighters from the June 14 edition of *Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN* also
participated in the workout. *Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta* (31-2-2, 17 KOs) of
Cebu, Philippines will battle *Roberto “Tito” Manzanarez *(35-1, 28 KOs) of
Phoenix, Arizona for the NABO Lightweight Title in the 10-round main event
from *Fantasy Springs Resort Casino* from Indio, Calif.

ESPN3 will live stream beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.
ESPN will air fights beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
ESPN Deportes will air the fights on Friday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00
p.m. PT.

The co-main event will feature an exciting battle between two undefeated
Golden Boy Promotions prospects *Manny “Chato” Robles III* (15-0, 7
KOs) takes on *Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio* (13-0, 8 KOs) for the vacant NABF
Featherweight Title.

The undercard of this event will feature prospects from around the
nation. *Herbert
“Ace” Acevedo *(14-2, 6 KOs), a native of Garden City, Kansas, will
take on *David
Thomas* (6-2-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round super lightweight battle. *Luis
Feliciano* (6-0, 3 KOs) of Utuado, Puerto Rico will participate in an
eight-round 140-pound bout against against *Daniel Montoya* (11-6, 8 KOs)
of Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Here’s what the June 14 Edition of *Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN* fighters had
to say at the media workout:

*MERCITO “NO MERCY” GESTA, Former Lightweight Title Challenger:*
“I feel excited for every fight. It’s another great event. Every event that
I fight I treat as something special. Manzanarez is tough, but I’ll need to
figure him out in the ring. Based on the videos, it’s tough to get on the
inside because he’s tall, long and knows how to use that as advantages.”

“I learned from my world title fight. It boosted my confidence because I
did so well against a great fighter. Every opponent is different and has
different styles. I can’t look down on this guy. He’s not a stepping stone,
and I will treat him as a world champion. I see myself fighting for a world
title again soon. I still feel strong and ready. I still have a long way
left in my career. I want any champion in the division. I’m always ready to
take a fight.”

*MANNY “CHATO” ROBLES III, Featherweight Prospect:*
“This is an exciting moment to be taking a step up like this. I know he’s
an undefeated prospect but this will put me on the map. We’ve know each
other for a long time, and he’s a great fighter. Skill wise, I think I’m
the better fighter. I don’t see him having any advantages. After this, I
see myself moving up the rankings and eventually fighting for a world
title. Fighting for a world title has been a dream of mine since I was a
baby.”

*EDGAR “KID NEZA” VALERIO, Featherweight Prospect:*
“It’s God’s divine plan, and I’m here to listen, learn and follow
instructions for my mentors and coaches in order to prevail. Some people
call it a risk, but it had to be done. And what better way than on ESPN. It
will be a great a performance. I think we are both equal. He’s a human
being. I’m a human being. I have five senses, and he has five senses. At
the end of the day, it’s about who is a better student of the game. They
say this is a challenge. I see it as another opportunity to learn.”

*LUIS FELICIANO, Super Lightweight Prospect:*
“I feel great, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to fight again in
California. It was great to fight in Puerto Rico so many times in front of
my friends and family. It was a great experience. Now I’ll be fighting
again at Fantasy Springs, and I’ll know it will be a great show.”

*HERBERT “ACE” ACEVEDO, Super Lightweight Prospect:*
“I’m feeling good. I’m finally with Golden Boy, and I’m ready make my mark.
I’m thankful for this opportunity and I’m ready to showcase my talent and
the hard work we put into this camp. It feels great to be back after a
year. I just turned 27. I’m not getting any younger, so it’s time to step
it up and move my career quickly.”

*De La Hoya vs. Salgado* is a 10-round super bantamweight fight for the
NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions
and Don Chargin & Paco Presents. The event is sponsored by Tecate,
*”THE OFFICIAL
BEER OF BOXING”* and Hennessy, *”Never Stop, Never Settle.”* The fights
will take place on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in
Verona, N.Y. ESPN2 will air the fights at a delayed start time of 12:30
a.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT. ESPN Deportes will air the fights the following day at
9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 will steam the fights live beginning at 9:00
p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets for this matchup are on sale and are available from $34 and $85 for
the first two rows ringside, $70 for remaining ringside seats and all
others priced at $49, $45 and $39 plus any applicable fees. Tickets can be
purchased at the Turning Stone Resort Box Office in person or by calling
315-361-7469 or online at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com
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*Gesta vs. Manzanarez *is a 10-round fight for the NABO Lightweight
Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by
Tecate,
*”THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING”* and Hennessy, *”Never Stop, Never Settle.”* The
fights will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Fantasy Springs Resort
Casino. ESPN will air the fights beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT,
and stream live on ESPN3 starting at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. ESPN
Deportes will air the fights on Friday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m.
PT.

Tickets for the event are on sale and start at $25. Tickets will be
available at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino box office, by calling
1-800-827-2946, or by purchasing online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com
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