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March 11, 2013

PONCE DE LEON-MARES ANNOUNCED AS MAYWEATHER-GUERRERO CO-FEATURE

Press Release: Boxing's pound-for-pound leader and WBC welterweight champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather will return to the ring on Saturday, May 4th to defend his title against former multi-division titlist Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. live on pay-per-view. Sharing the card will be WBC featherweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon making his first title defense against former two-division titlist Abner Mares. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com.

A 2000 Olympian, Cuauhtemoc Chihuahua, Mexico's Daniel Ponce de Leon (44-4, 35 KO's) found even greater success as a professional, having won titles in the junior featherweight and featherweight divisions while establishing himself as a popular knockout artist with fans around the globe.  In 2005, he won the vacant WBO title at 122 pounds with a 12-round unanimous decision win over then unbeaten Sod Looknongyangtoy and then went on to defend his belt six times before losing it to Juan Manuel Lopez in 2008.  Undeterred by the defeat, he went on to win seven straight before a close loss to current lightweight titlist Adrien Broner and a setback against Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2011.  Since those bouts, the 32-year-old southpaw is 3-0, including a  September 2012 win over countryman and then WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez making him a two-time world champion.  He will defend his new title for  the first time against Mares this May.

Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KO's) has proven himself the hard way since turning pro in 2005 after representing Mexico in the 2004 Olympics.  In 2010, the Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico native, who now fights out of Hawaiian Gardens, California, began making his mark on the  international boxing scene with a draw against Yonnhy Perez in 2010 and a win over Vic Darchinyan in 2011, setting the stage for him to win his first world title in
2011 when he defeated Joseph Agbeko for the IBF bantamweight championship.

After defending his title against Agbeko in a rematch later that year, Mares moved up to 122 pounds in 2012 and beat Eric Morel for the vacant WBC 122-pound belt [a paper title due to the WBC stripping the prior champion].  In his most recent fight, the 27-year-old Mares made a major statement, defeating WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo Moreno last November. 



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