„People need to treat animals like they would treat a kid. You have to take care of it, make sure they are happy and they have anything they need. If you don’t have the time, then you don’t need an animal. … I want people to be aware of what is around them. Just because they don’t want to deal with it, doesn’t mean they can shut it out.“
— Marlen Esparza boxer 1989
"Olympic boxer Marlen Esparza is ready to fight animal cruelty" http://nbclatino.com/2013/01/29/olympic-boxer-marlen-esparza-is-ready-to-fight-animal-cruelty/, NBCLatino.com (29 January 2013).