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Peter Quillin to play Roger Mayweather in Vinny Pazienza movie

Fighters Network

Peter Quillin has accepted a role in the upcoming Martin Scorsese-directed movie about Vinny Pazienza entitled “Bleed For This”, the former WBO middleweight titleholder informed on Sunday.

Quillin (31-0, 22 knockouts) said that he will be cast in the role of two-division titleholder Roger Mayweather alongside actors Aaron Eckhart, who will play trainer Kevin Rooney, and Miles Teller, who will portray popular former beltholder Pazienza in the film.

“I’ve got some big things in store, staring with a movie coming out in 2015 about Vinny Pazienza, and I’m going to be playing Roger Mayweather,” said Quillin, 31, through an interview facilitated by camp assistant, Antoine Gooch.

“I’m meeting with the director next week to figure (it) out. I’m hoping everybody gets excited about the movie, because it’s a great story and this my first movie that I’ve ever gotten to do and it’s an opportunity to do something outside of boxing.”

Nicknamed “The Black Mamba,” Mayweather unanimously decisioned Pazienza in defense of the WBC junior welterweight title in November 1988. Pazienza, who won major belts at lightweight and 154 pounds, suffered a car accident in 1991 during which he suffered a broken neck.

Pazienza was forced to vacate the WBA junior middleweight he had won from Gibert Dele by 12th-round technical knockout in October 1991, but returned to the ring against doctor’s orders for a unanimous decision over Luis Santana in December 1992.

“I’ve always dreamed of being in a movie since I was a kid, and I can’t believe that it’s finally happening and I’m just very thankful for it that I’ve actually gotten the opportunity, and I’m very familiar with the Mayweahters, so I just went back and I researched the fight from 1988,” said Quillin.

“Miles Teller is going to be playing Vinny Paz. Roger and I are from the same city in Grand Rapids, Michigan, so they got a chance to cast a fighter who is close to the fighter that they’re looking at. So what I have tried to do with this character is to bring the fighter’s mentality to the character of Roger Mayweather.”

During a September interview with, Quillin defended his decision to vacate the WBO’s belt, pulling himself out of a scheduled Nov. 1 defense against mandatory challenger Matt Korobov.

Advised by Al Haymon, Quillin would have made a career-high $1.4 million payday against Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) due to the $1.9 million purse bid won by Roc Nation Sports. Korobov eventually lost a bid for the vacant title by sixth round knockout to Andy Lee last month.

Quillin said he hopes to return to action as early as March or April. In the meantime, Quillin he has been spending time with his four-month old son, Joaquin Enriquez Quillin, who was born in August to his wife, Allison Beth Quillin.

“I’m hoping to get back in there maybe in March or April based on the plans that my adviser, Al Haymon, has for me. So my preferred time is around March or April,” said Quillin, who mentioned fellow Brooklyn native, Danny Jacobs or David Lemieux as a potential opponent.

“Danny Jacobs is a good fight, but for any fight, you need time for it to boil in the water. It doesn’t have to necessarily be that fight. I’m pretty sure that David Lemieux would want to fight me. There are a lot of different guys calling me out. There are a lot of different fights out there, and I’m just spending time in the gym getting ready for whoever comes up. Anybody can get a knuckle sandwich this year.”