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"Tavoris Cloud might actually be hungrier than me. How often do you hear a fighter say that his opponent is hungrier than he is? I don't need hunger. I'm motivated by my desire to prove that I'm different and that I can still silence the critics.
"You will have reason to be surprised on March 9.
"You're not going to see a new Bernard Hopkins. I'm too old for that crap. I think what you will see is something different that I know I'm capable of doing.
"There is always a chance you will see something new in a fight. Especially in boxing.
"I'm going to avoid Cloud's strengths and expose his weaknesses."
"I'm going to give the people their money's worth'¦true sports entertainment for their dollar. I'm the undefeated IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion making my fifth title defense. The crowd will be with me because everybody wants to be with a winner.
"I'd be a fool to get caught up in Bernard Hopkins' mind games. That's a fool's game buying into those traps. When the bell rings on Saturday night, we're both equals. I've got to go in there and hit him to show his tactics will not work against me.
"I switched to my new trainer Abel Sanchez to add versatility to my game. I'm coming to fight a serious fight. If I knock him [Hopkins] out, it will just put another feather in my cap. I'm predicting a win, but I never look for the knockout because that's not my game plan. If my punches result in a knockout, so be it."
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