Status: Former World Lightweight Champion and next opponent for Manny Pacquiao.

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 140

DOB: April 29, 1989 In: Lubbock, TX

First Boxing Memory: ”When I won my world title and my dad was beside me. That was my first memory of boxing. When I was ten years old, I told my dad, ‘I’m going to be world champion.’ And I became world champion.”

Boxing Inspirations: ”The training and the passion of how everybody around me, the team, everybody, I love talking to great people. I love being around great people. And I like to see different parts of the world.”

Last Book Read: ”Something in high school [smiles].”

Favorite Movies: ”I like comedies, action movies. I don’t really have favorite I just like to watch a variety of movies.”

First Job: ”Aw man, when I was 16-17 years old I was working in a place in Garden City, Kansas called The Grain Bin. I was a busboy.”

Favorite Meal: ”Pizza.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: ”Strawberry.”

Pre-Fight Feeling: ”Think about nothing, I play around and I joke with my people in my locker room. I have a blast.”

Greatest Sports Moment: ”When I won the World Title ((TKO 10 Miguel Acosta in 2011).”

Most Painful Moment: ”Nothing so far…when I had surgery on my hand right here (points to a spot). In the gym I hurt it and that was the most painful.”

Which Fight Were You At Your Very Best: ”Antillon. (Why that fight?) Because the way I dominated him, because the way he had a war with Humberto Soto for 12 rounds and I finished him in three. I felt tremendous in that fight.”

Funny Boxing Memory: ”A lot of funny memories in the gym with Robert (Garcia), the guys in camp. We just have fun in camp every day.”

Embarrassing Career Memory: ”Nothing really embarrassing so far…oh, wait. One time. True story. My embarrassing moment…at weigh in. I didn’t speak Spanish. At the weigh in we had a guy at one time who was helping us. His name was Paco. And I said, Hey, how do you say ‘I’m the man’ in Spanish? Because I was talking shit to somebody. He said, ‘Yo soy punata.’ He’s like, Tell him that. And I didn’t know Spanish. I jumped up in the middle (and shouted), ‘YO SOY PUNATA!’ And the translation: ‘I’M A FAG!’ In front of everybody [smiles]. You know, and everybody stops. And they look at me. And then he was like, What?! YO SO PUNATA! I said it really loud. Okay, okay. I tell Robert, what did I say? He goes, You just called yourself a fag. Oh shit! I was wondering why everybody stopped and looked at me. That was embarrassing.”

Favorite Boxers To Watch: ”I love to watch Gatti. I love to watch Margarito. I learn from them. Castillo. Julio Cesar Chavez. SENIOR [smiles]. So those guys. I like to emulate their style with mine because I have a similar…I do my little flavor and their’s, little stuff that I do.”

Favorite Sport Outside Boxing: ”I used to play baseball when I was little. I like to watch sports but I don’t have a favorite.”

Funniest Boxers Encountered: ”I was in camp with Robbie Peden. He was so cool. Margarito – he’s good. Margarito likes to joke around.”

Last Vacation: ”I don’t even remember, to tell you the truth. I don’t even think I had a vacation. I guess New York for my last fight was my vacation.”

People Qualities Most Admired: ”I like to hang around people that are humble, nice, down to earth. Like to joke around, take a joke and play it back. People like that. I like people that have a good sense of humor.”