Luevano / Mares / Diaz Bouts Highlight Marquez-Pacquiao II PPV Card

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (March 4, 2008) Six world class fighters, with a combined record of 155-10-4 (81 KOs), and a winning percentage of 92%, in three compelling rumbles, highlight the highly anticipated pay-per-view card headlined by the Juan Manuel Marquez-Manny Pacquiao world title rematch.. Marquez-Pacquiao II: Unfinished Business, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, in association with Romanza Boxing Productions and MP Promotions and sponsored by Tecate Beer, Rock Star Energy Drink and Southwest Airlines, takes place Saturday, March 15 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The event will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

World Boxing Organization featherweight champion STEVEN LUEVANO (34-1, 15 KOs), from La Puente, Calif., will be making his second title defense since winning it last July. He captured the vacant title knocking out the previously undefeated Nicky Cook, (27-0, 15 KOs), in the 11th round of their fight in London. Luevano successfully defended his title in November, winning a dominant unanimous decision over Antonio Davis (24-2, 12 KOs). Luevano will be making a mandatory title defense against No. 1 contender TERDSAK JANDAENG (29-2, 19 KOs), from Thailand. Jandaeng enters the fight having won 11 of his last 12 bouts, over half by knockout.

North America Boxing Organization bantamweight champion ABNER MARES, (15-0, 9 KOs), from Mexico, will be risking his undefeated record and No. 3 world rating when he defends his title against top 10 contender and former world title challenger DIOSDADO GABI (30-3-1, 21 KOs), from The Philippines. This will be Mares second title defense since winning it last year when he defeated former world champion Isidro Garcia, who retired on his stool in the seventh round. Gabi is riding a two-year four-bout winning streak with only one bout going the distance.

World Boxing Council lightweight champion DAVID DIAZ (33-1-1), from Chicago, is enjoying a three-year, eight-bout unbeaten streak. He returns to this 10-round non-title bout fresh from his first successful title defense, a hard-fought unanimous decision against legendary three-division world champion Erik Morales. Diaz will be taking on RAMON MONTANO (14-3-2) from Mexico. Montano is unbeaten in 11 of his last 12 bouts, including a split decision victory over the highly-touted contender Americo Santos (25-1-1), and a draw against undefeated Dmitriy Salita (24-0).

Remaining tickets, priced at $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay box office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith's Food and Drug Centers, Macy's West at the Fashion Show Mall, and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000 or Mandalay Bay (702) 632-7580. Tickets are also available for purchase at or

Article posted on 04.03.2008

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