Showtime on Saturday at 6 p.m. will televise a replay of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero welterweight title fight this past Saturday from MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather won a unanimous decision by three scores of 117-111 and is now 44-0.
Also being replayed is the semi-main event between Abner Mares of Hawaiian Gardens and Mexico’s Daniel Ponce De Leon. Mares, a former bantamweight and super bantamweight champion, moved up in weight and took De Leon’s featherweight title with a ninth-round TKO.
Both bouts were televised live on Showtime pay-per-view.
Abner Mares, the former bantamweight and super bantamweight champion from Hawaiian Gardens, moved up in weight and took Daniel Ponce De Leon’s featherweight title by stopping De Leon in the ninth round of their scheduled 12-round bout.
Mares decked De Leon in the second and ninth rounds. De Leon was being pummeled with shots to the head when referee Jay Nady stopped the fight at the 2:20 mark.
Mares is 26-0-1 with 14 knockouts. De Leon, of Mexico, is 44-5.
Abner Mares of Hawaiian Gardens on Friday weighed in at the limit of 126 pounds for his challenge Saturday to featherweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon of Mexico at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view). They will tangle underneath the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero welterweight title fight.
De Leon also weighed in at 126 pounds.
Mares, 27, is 25-0-1 with 13 knockouts. He has previously won championships in the bantamweight and super bantamweight divisions.
De Leon, 32, is 44-4 with 35 knockouts.
Abner Mares spent quite some time pining for a fight with fellow super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire. Thanks to an absurd feud between Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank Inc. – promoters for Mares and Donaire, respectively – that fight never happened. Donaire ended up taking on another Top Rank super bantamweight champion – Guillermo Rigondeaux – last month and was defeated.
Mares relinquished his belt, moved up to featherweight and Saturday – in his first fight at 126 pounds – he will challenge Daniel Ponce De Leon of Mexico for his title on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
“I think everything happens for a reason,” said Mares, of Hawaiian Gardens. “Everything’s fell into place and I think it was meant to be. Thank God, I thank Golden Boy and everybody in my whole team for making this possible to give me an opportunity to fight for another world title with the opportunity of becoming three-time world champion. I’m excited for this weekend.”
Making this story even more cool, Mares said he had no idea he was going to get to challenge De Leon in his first featherweight bout. He said he made the move up in weight and the fight came along. Even more interesting, both Mares and De Leon are managed by Frank Espinoza of West Covina.
Mares, 27, is 25-0-1 with 13 knockouts. De Leon, 32, is 44-4 with 35 knockouts.