Mark Breland attended this afternoon's press conference.
"I am glad to see him win 5 Golden Gloves," stated Breland. "It's a very hard thing to do."
Pagan is extremely excited to enter the professional ranks, and is very proud of his amateur accolades.
"Winning 5 Golden Gloves fulfilled my father's dream," exclaimed Pagan.
Robert Pagan, Shemuel's father and trainer, is a former kickboxing champion. He sees a very bright future for his son.
"Shemuel has that special talent that he can be somebody," explained Robert Pagan. "As long as he does the right thing, he'll be a world champion."
Shemuel Pagan wants to be a positive role-model, and has decided to donate the purse from his 1st professional bout to The Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation. Teddy Atlas, boxing trainer and ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" commentator, started the organization to honor the memory of his father. The organization focuses most of their efforts helping children, as well as individuals and organizations in need of financial, legal and emotional support.
Teddy Atlas believes character is Shemuel's greatest asset.
"When you care more about others than yourself, you're stronger in whatever you do," stated Atlas.
Atlas added, "Boxing doesn't have a lot of PR for good things. He's doing good things; He's caring about people."