Winky Wright is as famous for his quiet, friendly news conferences as he is for his right jab, and Wednesday's final one for Saturday's card at the St. Pete Times Forum was no exception.
"If you want (screaming) watch Jerry Springer,'' he joked.
Wright and his opponent, Ike Quartey, faced off for the first time and it was all smiles. The two were good friends when they shared the same promoter (and apartment) in France during Wright's days overseas, and remain friendly.
When Quartey won his first world title, Wright was on the undercard, "cheering him on,'' he said.
MANNY-ME: Rey Bautista is one to keep an eye Saturday, according to his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya.
The head of Golden Boy Promotions called Bautista the top prospect in the Philippines, and compared him to the greatest Filipino boxer ever, Manny Pacquiao.
Bautista (20-0, 15 KOs) is only 20 years old, but is ranked No. 1 by the WBO.
He's taking on seasoned 36-year-old Giovanni Andrade, who has three times as many fights (61, 52 wins). Andrade is fighting in the United States for only the fourth time.
WHERE'S EVERYBODY? Saturday's card will not be drawing a throng of national reporters, who will be split up this weekend between Atlantic City (site of the Miguel Cotto-Carlos Quintana WBA welterweight title bout as well as where Antonio Margarito is defending his WBO welterweight title) and Las Vegas, where the annual Boxing Writers Association of America meeting is held.
BIG NUMBERS: Speaking of Pacquiao, it was announced by HBO that his recent pay-per-view victory over Erik Morales had 350,000 buys, generating $17.5-million in revenue. The Pacquiao-Morales trilogy did 1.06-million buys and made $49.4-million.