'Hawaiian Punch' ready for unification bout
Pacquiao to do play-by-play at ringside
LOS ANGELES, California -- The “Hawaiian Punch” Brian Viloria and Hernan “Little Tyson” Marquez faced the media Thursday afternoon, two days before their flyweight title unification bout.
Viloria, the reigning World boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight champion, will put up his title for Marquez's World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight crown.
Viloria said, "I feel confident. This match is going to be one for the ages."
Marquez, meantime, countered, "My fight is going to be the best fight I'm going to have in my entire career and whoever wins is going to be the best 112-pounder in the world."
After a pair of losses several years ago and an incident where he collapsed after his third loss, Viloria has quietly rebuilt his career winning a pair of world titles.
He now trains under Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym.
"I just want everybody to know just because these mishaps happened, I bounced back and became a world champion again. I have this attitude of never say die," Viloria says.
The Hawaiian Punch will have another Filipino-Freddie Roach product calling his fight for him on Manila telecasts. Manny Pacquiao will be doing the play-by-play.
Viloria said, "It's always exciting to have Manny in the house, he's like an older brother to me, I've known Manny for the last 12 years. We've worked together when I started off with Freddie Roach. It's good to see him back in the gym."
A pair of Filipino-American fighters will also be joining the two world champions at the Los Angeles Sports Arena as undercards Drian Francisco and Bruno Escalante also have scheduled fights.
Viloria will be celebrating his 32nd birthday 6 days after this unification bout.
He hopes to win the WBA flyweight title as an early birthday present to himself.