LAS VEGAS - Expectations are high, but the Saturday, Sept. 13 undercard promises to deliver, live on SHOWTIME PPV (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the main event, undefeated 11-time world champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather will square off against Marcos "Chino" Maidana in a 12-round world championship bout for Mayweather's WBA Welterweight, WBC Welterweight and WBC Super Welterweight World Titles.
In the opening fight of the telecast, Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo will face De La Rosa in a 10-round middleweight bout.
JAMES DE LA ROSA
Q: We're less than a week away from fight night. How are you feeling physically?
A: I feel really good. This is probably the best I've ever felt and the closest I stayed on weight throughout camp.
Q: Where did you train and who did you train with?
A: I'm trained in my hometown of Harlingen, Texas with my dad.
Q: What made you decide to train there?
A: I wanted to be close to my family.
Q: What have you been doing to pass the time when you're not at the gym?
A: I'm always at the gym. I'm always trying to stay consistent and doing something to keep myself loose.
Q: What motivates you most during training camp?
A: The opportunity that I have and the spot that I'm in right now. Sometimes it takes fighters a long time to recover from losses, but I have the opportunity to keep on going and prove that I belong.
Q: You make a living in the toughest, most hardnosed sport there is. So what makes you truly happy?
A: Being in the ring makes me happy. My kids keep me happy of course, but being at the gym and in the ring is always on my mind. I love what I do, and I love putting on a show for the people. I've been boxing since I was eight. So I really love everything about the sport.
Q: Did any family come along with you for training as you prepare for this fight?
A: My dad's my head trainer so he motivates and pushes me. I've always asked my dad to treat me like any other fighter. So he works with me and always encourages me.
Q: After dropping two of your last four bouts, do you think your fights with Conyers and Willis were setbacks for you?
A: They were losses, but I learned a lot from both of those fights. Now I'm coming back harder than ever, and I know what I have to do to continue being successful in this sport.
Q: This will be your first fight at MGM Grand. Angulo has fought there once before earlier this year. Do you think that his familiarity having fought there previously will play to his advantage?
A: No, because when I get in the ring I feel that it's my time to put on a show. It doesn't matter who I'm fighting or where he's been. Whether the crowd is rooting for him or not, he's going to know my name by the end of the night.
Q: Are you doing anything special to prepare for Angulo's style of fighting? Do you see anything unique about his style that you're looking to expose?
A: I've seen a lot of stuff that I hope to expose. There are lots of things that he does wrong, and we've been working so that I can capitalize on them once we get in the ring.