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Gamboa on Mayweather-Ortiz, Pacquiao, Juama, More

By Michael Marley

Some fighters utter inanities in multiple languages. Others offer up inoffensive, boring chatter, the kind of innocuous remarks such as "I'll do my talking in the ring."

Cuban featherweight and undefeated stylist Yuriorkis Gamboa is, thankfully, not one of those boring fellows.

Top Rank's Todd duBoef hosted a small, intimate gathering of media types to chat with the 29 year old Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs) at Victor's Cafe during a persistent, heavy downpour Tuesday night, in advance of Gamboa's Saturday night HBO 12-rounder against solid journeyman Daniel Ponce De Leon (Atlantic City).

The deluge of rain and the fact the rendezvous at the Cuban eatery made famous by frequent visitor Roberto Duran's "Hands Of Stone" being immortalized on the sidewalk occurred only hours after a Tuesday morning Marquez-Pacquiao III presser kept the turnout low.

But the flashy Gamboa, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist who sold off that bauble for a mere $1,500 to pay for a daughter's first birthday party, had some quotes of interest, including:

On Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao:

"Pacquiao, he can't win that fight against Mayweather. He can give Floyd a challenge but he cannot win. No one is around who can beat Mayweather at 147 pounds. Pacquiao is one who has a chance, that's all."

On Vicious Victor Ortiz upsetting FMJ on Sept. 17: "(Sneering)....No way, no chance (laughs)., If I was with (promoted by Golden Boy), maybe I could've gotten that fight."

On the public appetite for constant Manny/Floyd coverage: "It's too much. There are other good fighters. They don't let people become fans of other boxers. I have 6,000 followers on Facebook. The others (younger fighters than Manny and Floyd) we don't get seen before you get into a big fight. I will get a big fight like that, win it and stay on top. I will show everyone who I am, why I am undefeated."

On getting stripped of his WBA crown and being sans a world title (for skipping a day after weigh in weight check): "There is a Mexican song that goes...'with a crown or without a crown, I'm still going be a king.' I can, with six months focus on that, even move up to 135 pounds."

On the hyped up showdown with popular Puerto Rican Juan Manuel Lopez which became a train wreck when Orlando Salido thumped the Boricua Belter: "Yes, I was disappointed but he was never in my league. He was nothing as an amateur, nothing. I was a little disappointed but I beat Salido and he could not. It shows JuanMa is not one of the best ones. I only want to fight the best ones."

Give it up for Gamboa. He does his talking in and out of the ring.

Boxing could use more such quotable combatants...in any language.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joesaiditstrue on 09-08-2011

[quote=kfcfloydiots;11097246]Gamboa sounds like he's jealous of Manny. He's just another punk who's perfect record id going down faster than Gayweathers big mouth.[/quote] u realize when people see your SN on here, they don't take anything you say seriously? i'm assuming…

Comment by gquezvas on 09-08-2011

[QUOTE=Someone88;11099634]I think it's ridiculous that people think if you believe Pacquiao will win you aren't really a Boxing fan, people have their opinions Duran and Lewis said Pacquiao would win. These are opinions, we will only know when they fight.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by gquezvas on 09-08-2011

[QUOTE=madsweeney;11096920]Nothing wrong with what he said, Mayweather is an incredible boxer but even Gamboa admits Pac is the only one with a chance to beat him...yet we still don't have a fight.[/QUOTE] just cause it's said doesn't make it true.…

Comment by EAAE on 09-07-2011

I love Gamboa and agree with most of this accept for the Juanma part, i think they are as good as each other in their own way, and they have the same weakness, ive supported both of them from the…

Comment by EAAE on 09-07-2011

[QUOTE=FJRod;11096944]I'm new on the board and I'm actually considering not touching any subject related to May or Pac for fear of being called a FLOMO or PACTARD. But what Gamboa stated is true, Pac will not defeat MAy. I also…

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