Hunter Leon: How is everything going in preparaton for your December 28th fight with Badou Jack? Jean Pascal: "Everything is going great, I'm working hard like usual and December 28th is going to be fireworks. Everybody knows I come to fight, Badou comes to fight, we've both been there and done that, we both fight the best and I think this fight is going to be a war. December 28th is going to be another big night for me and my family so I can't wait because Christmas is coming three days late this year." HL: What do you think of think about Badou as a fighter? Jean Pascal: "He's a very good fighter, he's like me when it comes to wanting to fight the best and so we're fighting each other. He's shown that he's got no problem exchanging and that's what I like, that's what I love. If he stays true to himself and comes ready to go to war like I am, then I think this could be a fight of year. For me it's the fight of my life, so I'm going to be at my best, that's a promise."
HL: Why is this the fight of your life?
JP: When you're 37 years old and you surprise everybody by becoming [WBA regular] champion again, there's no room for mistakes, there's no time for setbacks. I'm training to win, I'm fighting to win and on December 28th I will win. It's just that simple. I know he's going to come to fight and this is going to be a fun fight for the fans, but there's no way he's hungrier than I am and it's going to show when the bell rings."
HL: Do you consider yourself a two-time champion?
JP: "Of course I do. I don't make the rules of the sanctioning bodies and the [WBA] belt says world champion, so I'm not going to let you or anybody else take away from my accomplishment. I've been fighting nothing but the best the light heavyweight division's had to offer since 2009, that's more than a decade, that's a lot of blood, sweat and tears, so am I a two time champion, of course I am." Editor's note: Dmitry Bivol holds the WBA super championship in the division].
HL: What do you consider your biggest advantage going into this fight?
JP: "I know I have a lot more experience at light heavyweight than he does, and I've been a lot more active than he has, but he's a great fighter and he's coming to try to take what I have, so he's going to see the best Jean Pascal because like I said there's no time for setbacks."
HL: How do you feel about fighting in Atlanta?
JP: "I've really been enjoying my tour of the USA. I'm looking forward to adding the ATL to the list of places I've fought, I know it's going to be a packed house, which is something I'm used to and very comfortable with because I fill up arenas in the MTL the same way Tank does in the ATL. (laughs)"
HL: Who do you like in that main event?
JP: "Gamboa is a solid fighter and very flashy, but Tank is going to knock him out."
HL: Before this fight got done there was rumors that Jack was going to move up to cruiserweight. Are you concerned about him making weight?
JP: "I heard the same things, but he's always conducted himself as a true professional so I don't think he would take the fight if he couldn't make the weight. His weight is outside of my control, I'm focusing on what I can control and that's my planning and preparation for the fight and performance in the fight once that bell rings."
HL: Other than victory is there a prediction.
JP: "My hand will be raised and Jimmy Lennon Jr will be saying and still!
HL: You're fighting a Mayweather fighter on a Mayweather card, can you win a decision?
JP: "I don't get into all that stuff with the politics, I have people behind me to handle that stuff and I focus on what I can control, but I do trust the WBA will appoint experienced and qualified officials for a fight of this importance."
HL: Closing thoughts.
JP: "I've been taking the test and doing it for the fans since 2004, we're going to 2020 and nothing's going to change. I'm staying on top."