Fight Pick & Preview: Abner Mares vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon
On the chief supporting bout to Mayweather-Guerrero, WBC Featherweight Champion Daniel “Ponce” De Leon takes on Abner Mares. De Leon scored an upset by stopping Jhonny Gonzalez for the belt in September. The unbeaten Mares, meanwhile, is gunning for a title in his third weight class, previously holding belts at 118 and 122 pounds. This should be a heck of a fight.
I think both men are underrated. De Leon, 32, had been largely blown-off until showing what he still had left against Gonzalez. Mares, while unbeaten, is finding it difficult to crack into the upper-pantheon of championship-level fighters. The winner of this fight will give his career a big boost and be in line to accomplish something truly significant.
Date: May 4, 2012
Site: MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Weight Class: WBC Featherweight Championship: 12 Rounds
Daniel “Ponce” De Leon, 44-4 (35 KOs), Chihuahua, Mexico, WBC Featherweight Champion