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May 04, 2013

By Rob Soucy in Las Vegas

Abner Mares sat down with the media on Thursday to discuss tonight's challenge of Daniel Ponce De Leon for the WBC featherweight title. Mares, a former titlist at 118 and 122 pounds, will be making his debut in the 126-pound division. Here is what he had to say:

On his career growth: I've gown in all of my fights from the Yonnhy Perez fight where I got draw. I thought that I won but I got a draw. I've hit the gym even harder right away and then had the Vic Darchinyan fight, no easy fights. I got knocked down in that fight but came back strong. Against Joseph Agbeko, we had the controversial low blows but I fought him again and beat him clean. Then I captured [a vacant WBC belt] against Eric Morel and beat a great technical boxer in Anselmo Moreno. People were saying that he was too much of a boxer for me but I adapt to styles and win. No doubt this is a unique style tha Ponce brings in, a heavy puncher but at the end of the day it's just another fight.
On the date switch from April 20th to May 4th and from main event to Mayweather-Guerrero co-feature status: At first I was kinda bummed out because I wanted the fight to be a main event. But I look at it as still a main event. It's at a big show and on a big stage. More people are gonna watch it to be honest, and it's a pay-pay-view fight so I have to think this way.We're on a big stage and it's just a matter of taking advantage and making it our night.
On the recent going ons in his personal life: (laughing) Well, I don't go to strip clubs like some of the other guys. I did recently buy a Porsche. It was just something that I have always dreamed of having, and thank God, because of my hard work I was able to get it. I went from a Toyota Camry in 2008 to a Porsche. I drive it some but my friends drive it more.
On future opponents: There's a lot of names, man. It sucks that most of them are with Top Rank. Guys like Mikey Garcia, Orlando Salido, and of course Nonito Donaire. They would all be good fights for me. But there is one guy Golden Boy has that they are hyping up, Gary Russell. They are looking at the winner of this fight, so it might be him. I'm not here to take any easy fights. If Golden Boy comes to me and says on May 4th you had a tough fight, so let's take an easy fight next, I'm gonna say no bring on the next guy. I want to please the crowd and make my money.
On Nonito Donaire: He is still right there. He is a legit fighter and you can't judge him from one loss [to Guillermo Rigondeaux]. He fought a better fighter that night. With that said I'm open to fight Rigondeaux as well. Leo Santa Cruz has said in the past that he wants to fight me at 122. If he is willing to move up to 126 pounds let's do it. I don't know how my body will feel after this fight, but if my body can do it, I'm wiling to go down to 122 to fight him. I'm here for the fans and want them to realize that.
On balancing pleasing his fans against fighting a cautioust fight vs. Ponce De Leon: Skills and boxing ability win fights. Anyone can step in the ring and go toe-to-toe and kill each other, blood everywhere. Normal people get excited for that but boxing fanatics that know the sport appreciate finesse, boxing skills and he ability to adapt in the ring. But again, I'm saying hat right now however, in the ring it might be a tough fight and toe-to-toe war. If it is, so be it.

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