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Abner Mares Does Not Rule Out a Future Move To 130

By Mike Coppinger

Abner Mares is on the precipice of stardom in boxing. The Mexican native has won titles at 118 and 122 pounds and has his eyes set on a third when he takes on WBC featherweight beltholder Daniel Ponce de Leon in the Showtime PPV co-feature on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Mares shared his thoughts on the fight and his status in the sport with BoxingScene:

BoxingScene: You've had a lot of tough fights without a break, how do you think that's helped grow your profile in the sport?

Mares: I think people are starting to pay attention and realizing I'm fighting good, top opponents. I hope I get the recognition from not just the boxing fans but the people who know the sport. I'm here to please the fans and get the tough fights, just because I want to give the fans the best fights.

BoxingScene: How will Saturday's exposure help you?

Mares: It's a big fight. It was a main event at first, but then it got put on this great undercard. You can't beat it. Mayweather brings in a lot of great fans.

Mares: Obviously, yeah. A knockout definitely gets you big attention. It definitely gives a good impression to all the fans. But whether its a knockout or decision, as long as I give a good fight and the fans leave happy, I can say I accomplished something. But either way, I'll give a good show and box the heck out of Ponce and give a good fight.

BoxingScene: How has the tough string of fights taken a toll on you?

Mares: It's all mental. Mentally, I think it's helping me, making me a better fighter and growing as a fighter with all these tough fights. It's buidlign me to a better and tougher fighter. I know my body is taking a toll, but I take my vacations, I take my rest. I'm a healthy guy, I'm a family guy and I think that's one of the reason my body hasn't hurt yet; as long as I keep it that way i think my body can do it for a number of years.

BoxingScene: Do you see yourself settling at 126?

Mares: Definitely. I'm new to my weight class, but we'll see come Saturday how I look. I felt great in sparring and I'm an honest guy. I've been feeling good against lightweight and super lightweights, but it comes down to the fight. However I feel in the fight it's going to matter. If I feel comfortable I'll stay at 126. But who knows, maybe I'll go to 130.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bigg Rigg on 05-03-2013

Mares must wanna get his block knocked off. Dude is already gonna be a small fw, I can only imagine him fighting at jr lw.

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