Jean Pascal vs. Badou Jack & Jarrett Hurd vs.
Virtual Press Conference Quotes
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal and two-division
champion Badou Jack, plus former unified world champion
ďSwiftĒ Jarrett Hurd and veteran contender Luis Arias,
previewed their respective showdowns on a virtual press
conference Tuesday before they step in the ring as part of
the SHOWTIME PPV undercard of Mayweather vs. Logan Paul
taking place Sunday, June 6 from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami
Pascal and Jack will meet for a championship rematch in the
co-main event of the pay-per-view, while Hurd and Arias
square off for a 10-round bout also on pay-per-view. The
telecast, which is being produced by SHOWTIME PPV, will air
live beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will also feature
former NFL star wide receiver Chad Johnson making his boxing
debut in an exhibition match against versatile fighter Brian
Here is what the fighters had to say Tuesday:
ďIím very excited about the rematch. Iíve been training in
Puerto Rico since December. Iíve been waiting this whole
time for the rematch and Iím ready. I respect Badou, but
heís always whining after he loses. The judges said I won
the fight and thatís it.
ďThe first fight, in the first six rounds I did everything
well. I might have gotten a little overconfident. I took it
a bit too easy after that. The fight got close because of
that knockdown he got that wasnít from a real punch. Without
that, it wouldnít have even been close. Weíre going to
settle this June 6 in Miami.
ďI think I just have to pace myself a little better this
fight. I got over excited because Iíve sparred with Badou
before and know what I can do. I am a veteran, so I
shouldnít have gotten too excited like that. As far as
knocking him down again in this fight, my mom taught me that
anything you can do once, you can do twice.
ďI do believe that Badou respects my power. If he doesnít,
then he better watch that fourth round again. But I also
have skills with my power. I am naturally-gifted and I have
the better skills. I was born for this sport and built to
ďI really think the work in the gym will help so I donít
have ring rust. Iím a veteran. Iíve been here and done that.
At this age, itís better to have more rest than to be over
trained. I had the right intensity in camp to make sure Iím
not over trained.
ďHeís coming for revenge and Iím coming with bad intentions.
Itís going to be a great show, so make sure you tune-in for
ďIím feeling great with my new trainer Jonathon Banks.
Physically Iím in amazing shape and I canít wait. Another
week and a half and itís all going to happen.
ďThis has been in the works since our first fight. Last year
Floyd called me and said, Ďitís on.í Then the pandemic hit
and it got pushed back. There is a reason there is a
rematch, because everyone knows who won that fight. Itís
better late than never. I was back in the gym Monday after
the first fight.
ďThere were three judges and Julie Lederman had it for me
and the two other guys had never judged a big fight before.
We have two judges for this fight: the right hand and the
left hand. Thatís it. Iím very confident for this fight and
Iím not worried about the judges. I know Jean Pascal is a
warrior, and Iím a warrior. Iím just ready to fight.
ďLooking at the past, yes, I need to start faster. Every
fight, that can apply. I will listen to my corner, and weíre
going to figure out how to win the fight. By any means we
ďHe can say whatever he wants about when I knocked him down.
I hit him five straight times and he swung and missed and I
hit him. Thatís why he went down.
ďThis is going to be a firefight. We already know that. Tune
in to this fight. Boxing is not a game and Iím going to show
everyone that and try to steal the show.
ďIíve watched the last fight once or twice, maybe three
times. I just need to make some small adjustments. You can
always do better. Iím more confident than last time. I know
we are both warriors. Weíve fought everyone. Weíre the same
age (Jack is 37; Pascal 38), even though I look a little bit
better. Iím looking younger. Nobody has seen my birth
certificate. Iím not really 37. Iím 27.Ē
ďTraining camp has been great. I havenít fought in a year
and a half, so I had a chance to really take my time with
this camp. Iíve had a lot of time to put in the work. Iím
training with fighters like Terence Crawford, Shakur
Stevenson, Troy Isley and a lot more. Weíre all out here
working day after day.
ďArias is a great fighter. This is going to be the type of
toe-to-toe fight I like. Heís going to be there in front of
me and ready to fight. Heís never been stopped, so Iíll be
prepared to go the distance.
ďWeíve seen this story before from Arias. He talks a big
game but look at his fights against top fighters. It doesnít
matter what weight Iím at, Arias knows whatís coming. I
suffered a loss, but I got the win in my last fight and Iím
on my way back.
ďI just need a dominant win on June 6. Luis Arias can make
it ugly, but I have to go win convincingly and let everyone
know Iím back. I donít want to win in a sloppy way, I want
to look good doing it.
ďHe might think heís catching me at the right time, but itís
not going to be a good time for him on June 6. I can box and
I can bang, it doesnít matter. Weíll decide on fight night
which style Iím going to use. I know that I can beat him
ďI tried to work on my bad habits after my loss. I was a
straight-forward guy who just came at you. I wanted to show
in my last fight against Francisco Santana that I can use my
height and range if I need to. I wanted to box all 10 rounds
and I did that.
ďI still have too much unfinished business at 154-pounds. I
have a lot of fights, including my rematch against Julian
Williams, that I still want to get. I want to regain my
titles. Me and Jermell Charlo is probably the biggest fight
at 154 right now. I want to handle that before I move up in
ďCamp has been excellent. Iím excited for the fight. I think
this is a perfect fight and a perfect opportunity. Itís a
great matchup. Iíve been working on the right things to make
sure Iím one hundred percent prepared for this fight and I
think Iím catching Jarrett Hurd at the right time. Heís
switching styles. He really doesnít know how he wants to
ďWhen this fight was brought to me, he was ranked No. 1 at
the Ring Magazine at 154 and thatís part of why I wanted
this fight. Leonard Ellerbe asked if I was willing to fight
Hurd, and I said one hundred percent. Itís all about
challenging yourself. This is another challenge and I never
turn down a challenge. Iíve been in there with the best and
thereís nothing that Jarrett Hurd can bring to the table
that I havenít already seen.
ďA win puts me right back in the mix. Iíve always been just
one step away from really getting into the mix with the big
guys. My last couple fights have all been just one fight
away from getting that world title fight. Once I beat
Jarrett Hurd on June 6, Iíll be right there with the big
dogs. Heís calling out Jermell Charlo and he wants to fight
all these other big names, but heís going to have to get
through me. If he loses to me, Iíll be in position for the
fights that he wants.
ďItís going to be a hard fight. If he wants to bang, we can
bang. If he says he wants to box, heís not the better boxer.
But thereís only one way to find out and weíre going to find
out in two weeks. I have to do everything that I can do to
make sure that I show up and I impress.
ďIím still young and Iím still fighting my way through. I
just needed to make the proper adjustments. Iím not going to
be a desperate fighter. Iím going to go in there and fight
the way I fight. Iíve always had championship-level fighting
in me, but I just havenít shown it. This is a perfect
opportunity for me to show it.
ďIím coming after him. I have to win. Heís not going to have
to find me. Iím going to be right there. If I have to box
him in the middle of the ring or if I have to put my head in
his chest and dog him out, then thatís what I got to do.
From the opening bell to the final bell, if we make it to
the final bell, Iím going to be on him. Weíll see what type
of adjustments he makes, but I donít feel heís a better
inside fighter than me and I donít feel like heís a better
boxer than me.Ē
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
ďThe world is buzzing about this whole event, including our
terrific undercard with two great professional bouts. Hurd
vs. Arias is going to be a scintillating bout. Iíve seen
Luis up close and personal during this training camp and I
know that heís 100% prepared and ready to pull off the
upset. Hurd on the other hand is looking to maintain his
footprint in the 154-pound division and prove heís the best
at that weight.
ďPascal and Jack had a fantastic bout a year and a half ago
on SHOWTIME. From the opening bell, those guys proved they
are great warriors and we expect nothing less in the rematch
on June 6. The fans are truly in for a treat on that night.
ďThe energy between these four fighters today has been
incredible. As the promoter of this event, Iím excited, so I
can only imagine what the fans are in for. Hurd and Arias
are both looking to make a statement, and thatís going to
roll right into Pascal against Jack, who are going to pick
up right where they left off in their first fight.Ē