By Lem Satterfield
Abner Mares distanced himself from an edited obscenity-laced video that appeared on Facebook on Sunday night with his image and a dubbed-over, Spanish-speaking voice directed at upcoming rival Gervonta Davis, calling it a misrepresentation of an English-spoken message he shared paying homage to his supporting fans.
The three-division champion said he was thanking fans on the 14th-year anniversary of his career in boxing, and that it is the dubbed-over Spanish-speaking man’s voice which incorrectly translates what is being said, ultimately directing the expletive-laden assault in English words that do not belong to him.
“I’m just seeing this right now. Obviously I didn’t say that. I was speaking in English and they were speaking over me in Spanish,” said Mares, during an interview with BoxingScene.com in response to being informed of the video via text.
“And then, right at the end, they said those things in English as if I said it. But it’s a mimic. The other guy was just mimicking me. He’s basically putting it in his own words, translating it into a funny version, but those words never came out of my mouth. They’re trying to be funny, I guess. It is funny as hell, but that’s not my voice.”
In the video, Mares is shown on a sunny day, standing and speaking into the camera on a neighborhood street, clearly speaking in English. The voice-over, however, is in Spanish until right at the end of the video.
“Hey, Gervonta Davis, you cheeseburger eating mother***er,” said the voice. “I'm a beat your ass, fool. Just watch, I promise.”
“The original version is in English, bro, because today’s my anniversary of 14 years after I debuted in 2005. So basically my video is thanking the fans for their support,” said Mares, referring to a second-round TKO of Luis Malave on January 6, 2005.
“I say we’ve been going 14 years strong, being a four-time, three-division champion, and come February 9, I’ll become a four-division champion -- and that’s all I say. I spoke in English and the guy’s translating in Spanish, but, obviously, it’s nothing that I’m saying. Then he finishes with that message in English, which is not in my video.”
The 33-year-old Mares (31-3-1, 18 KOs) is rising from 126 pounds for his 130-pound debut in an attempt to win a fourth title in as many weight divisions on February 9 against the 24-year-old Davis (20-0,19 KOs), a southpaw WBA “super” junior featherweight champion in pursuit of his 12th straight knockout victory at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.