KEITH THURMAN, WBA Interim Welterweight World Champion
"What excites me most is being in the main event. They could have put me on other cards as a co-feature, but this shows me respect and I want to thank Golden Boy for that.
"Every fighter has to take it one fight at a time, and I'm going in Saturday to do my job.
"Diaz had some great performances against Shawn Porter and he gave Amir Khan a great fight. Diaz is a former world champion. They say he's a veteran with a lot of experience. But I'm 25 and have been at this for 18 years, so I'm a veteran, too.
"Winning on Saturday is obviously very important. Others in my division are already name-fighters, but I'm just starting to build mine. I'm still coming up in the world of boxing. So this is a chance for me to show that I'm not like all others.
"I expect Diaz to fight his heart out. He says he plans to knock me out. I don't know if that's fight hype or his strategy, but I'll be ready. I want guys who come to fight. I want to make and be in the best fights. On my record I have an 'O' but I'm not afraid to let it go.
"I've known Shawn Porter and his Dad for years. I know they're calling me out. When the time is right, we'll fight. I expect to fight for maybe another 10 years.
"I work very hard and count my blessings that I'm where I'm at. I love the support the fans give me. We're going to give them a real fight on Saturday.''