Former three-division titlist Adrien Broner will look for his fourth straight victory when he faces former welterweight titlist Shawn Porter on Saturday.
The Premier Boxing Champions main event takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (NBC, 8:30 p.m. ET) and will be contested at a catchweight of 144 pounds.
Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) was a recent guest on ESPN.com's Making The Rounds where he talked about preparing for Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) and what's at stake in this fight.
Why was the catchweight necessary for this fight?
"I mean, it's something that we both agreed on. It's signed and that's the weight for the fight."
You are known for your colorful antics in and out of the ring. We have seen you rap in the past. What can we expect from you against Porter?
"You never know. Some of these things I make up right before I enter the ring. Right now I'm just staying focused and waiting for [Saturday]."
You put on a boxing exhibition against John Molina Jr. in March, saying afterward, "The last time I fought for the fans, I suffered my first loss." What did you mean by that statement?
"When I was in there [against Marcos Maidana] I was trying to be the tougher fighter. I was getting a lot of criticism. That's when I used to look on the social websites and see what they were saying but now I don't pay attention anymore. I just do me and get my victory."
You're 3-0 since suffering that defeat to Maidana. In what ways have you grown as both a fighter and a person since that fight?
"Now I seen both sides. I seen the side when everything is going good and I seen the side when things go bad. I definitely don't like the side when things are going bad, so now everything is back on track and we are going to keep it that way."
How important will it be for you to be the boxer as opposed to the puncher against Porter?
"It's very important. Even though God gave me the gift of both -- I can punch and I can box -- I'm going to win this fight being the smarter fighter and more skillful fighter. Skills pay the bills."
What is the toughest challenge Porter brings to the ring?
"Honestly, he brings an awkward smile. [He laughs.] I mean, he brings a lot to the table. He's a solid fighter, a world-class fighter and a former world champion. I'm going to be taking this fight serious and am not looking past him. I will defeat Shawn Porter on [Saturday]."
Why will you be the one raising your hand on fight night?
"Because I'm AB, always balling, man. A lot of people say that they really have the best of both worlds that they can box and punch. But I really can box and punch and a lot of people really haven't seen everything that Adrien Broner can do yet. On [Saturday] you'll see a side of Adrien Broner you won't want to miss, so don't miss the fight."