"Hey, I would have made fun of me, too. Boxing is not a bodybuilding sport, plain and simple. Your body isn't going to win a fight."
--Arreola, on his paunchy physique
"I'm always in shape. It's never tough to get in shape. I don't drink, don't smoke, don't do drugs. I always, always maintain fitness."
--Klitschko, on his approach to fitness
"I think he has the right style to beat this guy Klitschko. ... This kid Arreola is not afraid to go in there and brawl."
--Longtime trainer, manager and promoter Bennie Georgino, on Arreola's chances
"While Arreola has power to spare if he hits you, I don't know that he can hit Klitschko. If anything, Arreola can be hit."
--Veteran boxing writer Bert Sugar
"[Arreola] has just never really been forced to challenge himself or push himself. He's just got away with the way he's been doing it because he's so strong. He's going to look way different because of his training. I'm just glad the stomach is falling off him. You can really see improvements."
--Darryl Hudson, Arreola's strength and conditioning coach
"It is a great opportunity and it should be taken advantage of. I hope Arreola wins. He has a hard punch, and he cannot be ruled out. But the current champion, Klitschko, has more power in his fists than any other fighter. It is a very tough fight for Arreola, but if he wins, all the success will be for him."
--Mexico's Pipino Cuevas, former welterweight champion
"The whole sport changes overnight if Chris Arreola wins."
--Dan Goosen, Arreola's promoter
"We live in a microwave society. It ain't about the family sitting at home with Grandma doing the cooking and you say you're hungry and your Mom says, 'In an hour.' Now it's hit some buttons and you got a four-course meal. That's why fighters get knocked out so early. They don't have a chance to become that sweet peach on the tree. They get picked too soon. You taste that peach and it's bitter. It wasn't ripe. They're pushed by thieving, conniving promoters because they need to produce something that's not there yet. You got to have something to sell so what they sell is, 'Maybe he's a darkhorse like Buster Douglas.' You got to make soup but you ain't got nothing. You know you got nothing but you still need soup, so you boil some hot water and salt. You know you got nothing but now it's soup."
--Former middleweight and light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, on Arreola's premature title shot as a symptom of the problems in the heavyweight division