Abner Mares, Leo Santa Cruz and J’Leon Love Win On Mayweather/Guerrero Undercard
Abner Mares dethroned defending WBC Featherweight World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon to win a world title in a third division. Mares (26-0-1, 14 KO’s) knocked down Ponce De Leon (44-5, 35 KO’s) twice en route to a ninth round (2:20) technical knockout victory.
Undefeated Leo Santa Cruz (24-0-1, 14 KO’s) put on a dominating performance in his first fight at 122-pounds, knocking down Alexander Munoz (36-5, 28 KO’s) three times en route to a fifth-round technical knockout win (1:05). The former IBF Bantamweight World Champion picked apart Munoz, a former world title challenger, in a scheduled 10-round bout that was never in doubt.
In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME PPV telecast, J’Leon Love (16-0, 8 KO’s) overcame the bout’s lone knockdown to score a 10-round split decision over the game Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KO’s) by the scores of 97-92, 95-94 and 94-95.
Brian Kenny served as host of the SHOWTIME PPV telecast with Mauro Ranallo calling the action, Al Bernstein and Paulie Malignaggi serving as expert analysts with Jim Gray and Heidi Androl reporting. The telecast was produced by David Dinkins, Jr., with Bob Dunphy directing.
“MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero,” a 12-round fight for Mayweather’s WBC Welterweight World Championship and the vacant Ring Magazine Welterweight World Championship, was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O’Reilly Auto Parts, AT&T, Star Trek Into Darkness and Valvoline. The mega-event took place Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and was produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV®. Also featured was WBC Featherweight World Champion Daniel Ponce de Leon taking on Two-Division World Champion Abner Mares in a 12-round fight for Ponce de Leon’s WBC Featherweight World Championship, former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz facing veteran Alexander Munoz in a 10-round fight for the vacant USBA Junior Featherweight Championship and rising star J’Leon Love squaring off against recent world title challenger Gabriel Rosado in a 10-round middleweight battle for the vacant NABF Middleweight Championship. Two preliminary fights were featured as part of “MAY DAY Live: Countdown to Mayweather vs. Guerrero” on SHOWTIME.