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Mares is Eager For Moreno's Challenge, Wants Donaire

By Robert Morales

If we had a dime for every time a fighter said he wants to fight only the best opponents, we'd be rich. The problem is, few follow through on that kind of declaration. But every once in a while a fighter like Abner Mares comes along. Unlike others, he doesn't just talk the talk - he walks the walk.

Looking over Mares' ring record, he has tangled in his past five fights with Yonnhy Perez, Vic Darchinyan, Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko twice and Eric Morel - all champions or former world champions. Mares drew with Perez in a battle for a bantamweight title, but defeated the rest.

He is now getting set to defend his super bantamweight title against Anselmo Moreno of Panama on Nov. 10 at Staples Center (on Showtime). Moreno, 27, is yet another difficult foe. He is a left-hander, and about as technically sound as a fighter can be.

"Nowadays, I've noticed that in boxing people dress nice, people look good, people trying to do a different thing in boxing. But if you really go back in time, it wasn't about looks, it wasn't about how well-dressed you are, it wasn't about being liked. It was about being respected and fighting the best," Mares said.

"And I want to bring that back. I want to be one of the guys that has fought nothing but the champions and continue that because that's the way it should be. I mean, if you are a champion, you have to fight the No. 1-ranked (contender); if not, another champion and unify it. I really respect that and I respect my sport."

Moreno (31-1-1, 12 KOs), a former bantamweight champion, made 10 title defenses before moving up in weight. Mares' manager, Frank Espinoza of West Covina, admitted he had some apprehension about Mares taking this fight.

"Yeah, I did because the style that he (Moreno) has is very awkward," Espinoza said. "But knowing Abner, he wants to fight the best and we're up for the challenge."

To that end, fellow super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire is the one Mares would really love to fight. Donaire is in every respected top-10 pound-for-pound poll, and a win over Donaire would land Mares in that company. It's not a fight easily made, however, because Mares fights under the Golden Boy Promotions banner and Donaire fights for Top Rank Inc., and the two promotional giants dislike one another.

"They (promoters) should respect that and, hopefully, they can make that happen," Mares said.

Donaire echoed that sentiment during a conference call Friday.

"I hope so," said Donaire, who next Saturday will defend his two belts against Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan at Home Depot Center. "But it's up to the promoters."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bojangles1987 on 10-07-2012

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;12585110]Was it? I don't recall that but I'm really not sure.[/QUOTE] Just looked it up. He rejected the Donaire fight because of the money. [url]http://www.boxingscene.com/donaire-moreno-chemito-rejects-offer-wants-big-bucks--36874[/url] He signed with Golden Boy in August that same year. [url]http://******.craveonline.com/blog/168375-moreno-signs-with-golden-boy[/url] I think he had…

Comment by IronDanHamza on 10-07-2012

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;12585094]That was before he went to Golden Boy. If I remember correctly, Moreno chose to go to Golden Boy instead of fighting Donaire.[/QUOTE] Was it? I don't recall that but I'm really not sure.

Comment by bojangles1987 on 10-07-2012

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;12585090]Moreno-Donaire was close to happening before so theres no reason it couldn't again.[/QUOTE] That was before he went to Golden Boy. If I remember correctly, Moreno chose to go to Golden Boy instead of fighting Donaire.

Comment by IronDanHamza on 10-07-2012

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;12585088]The only way that feud will end is if the fighters insist on fighting each other. So I want to hear from the Mares/Moreno winner and Donaire that they want to fight each other. Make it clear, that's a fight…

Comment by bojangles1987 on 10-07-2012

[QUOTE=SoggyLungs;12584068]i expect moreno to beat mares by ud...no point in mares calling out donaire since donaire is with top rank and he is with gbp.[/QUOTE] The only way that feud will end is if the fighters insist on fighting each…

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