"When I come into a fight, it's never about being on top, it's just about being where I'm supposed to be. What people say don't really bother me. People talk and say I don't deserve where I'm at and I don't deserve what I get, other people say that I'm the best in the world. People's comments are fickle to me. To me what's important is my family before anything else."
"It's just a non-stop rollercoaster ride and I had to get away from that. I've sacrificed; I haven't seen my daughter for a month. I miss her to death, it's been hard. I wake up in the morning and I know she's not there, I haven't seen none of my family, I haven’t' seen none of my students."
"All my friends think I've abandoned them and they think I'm blaming them for my last lost. It wasn't their fault, guys it wasn't your fault, I made a mistake and I got to get back to what I'm good at and that's being selfish. I think fighters have to be selfish."
"For me the most important thing is knowing that it's not five rounds, it’s only three rounds, is that every round is important. Every round is a fight. I'm looking to go out there and every time we engage I'm looking to put him away. Either it's in the stand up exchange or ground exchange. Whenever I can do damage, I'm going to look to inflict damage."
"All I think about is Benavidez and what I got to do to beat him. And what do I got to do to be a better fighter. It's a better experience for me; it's a better way to train. He's a good fighter, very active, good cardio, pushes the pace, comes with wild kicks and punches. He's never going to get tired; he's never going to stop. So I have to take that into consideration and know that when I hit him, he's not going to stop, he's going to come forward, he's not going go backwards. But I think I have a good game to counteract that. Like I said, I’m just trying to make my game overall better."
"My last fight taught me that I can't underestimate anybody. Keep my chin down and don't be over aggressive. Anybody can win with one punch and Benavidez isn't getting this shot with me for a fluke. It's not an accident; he's supposed to have this fight. And I'm going to set the tempo with this fight."
-- Miguel Torres (37-2) [Num 2] talks Joseph Benavidez (11-1) [Num 5]. (video after the jump)
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