‘First of Lady of Boxing’ Rosie Perez talks about her love of the sport

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BARCLAYS CENTER – Actress Rosie Perez will serve as guest co-host during the highly anticipated contest between undefeated Danny Garcia and Paulie Malignaggi this Saturday.

"ESPN called and asked me to do it," Brooklyn native Perez said. "And I said, 'duh, yes.' And the fact that it's at Barclays Center is just icing on the cake, right here in my backyard."

She served as a grand marshal for the International Boxing Hall of Fame parade and was dubbed the "First Lady of Boxing" by both her cousin Sixto and boxing Hall of Fame broadcaster Al Bernstein.

"It came from my love of boxing," the former "The View" host said. "I'm the biggest, dorkiest boxing fan in the world. That's who I am."

Her love of boxing comes from a very dear place, tracing back to her Puerto Rican heritage.

"As a Boricua it's just part of our culture," Perez explained "I mean do all Puerto Ricans like boxing? No. Ninety-eight percent? Yes. And I'm part of that 98 percent."

"It just always drew me in," Perez said.