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De Leon vs. Mares

De Leon-Mares, Santa Cruz-Munoz & Love-Rosado quotes

LAS VEGAS (May 3, 2013) – The six fighters who will compete on the pay-per-view undercard portion of “MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero” this Saturday, May 4 on SHOWTIME PPV from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. participated in their final press conference on Thursday in front of a packed media center at MGM Grand. Continue reading

MAYDAY Undercard Fighters: Final Press Conference

deleon1As the Mayweather-Guerrero Welterweight showdown looms, a special final press conference was held for all of the televised undercard fighters. Abner Mares, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Leo Santa Cruz, Alexander Munoz, Gabriel Rosado and J’Leon Love all took the podium to provide final comments and predictions for their respective bouts.

The Abner Mares VS. Daniel Ponce de Leon Featherweight title match headlines the undercard. This fight alone can arguably be a main event of its own on an independent card. However, Golden Boy Promotions wanted to make this Cinco de Mayo boxing weekend a special one. Stephen Espinoza from Showtime Sports deems this whole televised boxing card as one of the best, top to bottom, in recent years: Continue reading

De Leon: I’m going to use my size and power advantage against Mares

Daniel Ponce de Leon(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) David Itskowitch

We’re on the home stretch now for the big one. Again, May 4th, MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, live on Showtime pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET, 6:00 p.m. PT. Our main event is, of course, Floyd “Money” Mayweather against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in a 12-round fight for Mayweather’s World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight World Championship and the Vacant Ring Magazine Welterweight World Championship.

Also, we have on today’s call, Daniel Ponce De Leon vs. Abner Mares in a 12-round fight for Ponce De Leon’s WBC Featherweight World Championship. We also have Leo Santa Cruz vs. Alexander Munoz in a 10-round fight for the vacant USBA Junior Featherweight Championship and opening the pay-per-view broadcast is J’Leon Love vs. Gabriel Rosado in a 10-round middleweight bout for the vacant NADF Middleweight Championship. Continue reading

Daniel Ponce de Leon vs. Abner Mares Battle for the WBC Featherweight Championship this Saturday, May 4th

Daniel Ponce de Leon and Abner Mares have a lot in common – they both overcame extremely difficult childhoods, they’ve trained together and they have the same promoter and manager. This Saturday, May 4, the 126-pounders put aside their friendship in what may be the toughest tests of their careers – a fight against each other. Check out this clip to see the friends-turned-rivals as they discuss the challenges they had to overcome to become two of the most feared fighters in the lighter weight classes. See their world title fight, a fight that might steal the show, this Saturday, presented by SHOWTIME PPV as part of MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

Thursday’s LA Undercard Workout Photos and Quotes: De Leon, Mares, Santa Cruz

Daniel Ponce de LeonLOS ANGELES (April 12, 2013) – WBC Featherweight World Champion Daniel Ponce de Leon, Two-Division World Champion Abner Mares and former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz participated in a media workout Thursday in Los Angeles in preparation for their upcoming bouts on the “MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero” pay-per-view mega-event on Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. which will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV®.

A 2000 Olympian, Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico’s Daniel Ponce de Leon (44-4, 35 KO’s) will make the first defense of his WBC Featherweight World Championship against Two-Division World Champion Mares. Ponce de Leon, who won the title in 2012 with a victory over then-champion Jhonny Gonzalez, has won world titles in the junior featherweight and featherweight divisions while establishing himself as one of boxing’s most popular knockout artists. He made six consecutive defenses of his 122-pound title and has knocked out almost 75 percent of his opponents. Continue reading