All four fighters made weight for tomorrow night's world title doubleheader on Showtime Championship Boxing, with no trash talk or animosity between any of them. It was about the friendliest weigh-in event you could ask for, really.
Abner Mares (26-0-1, 14 KO) came in at 125½ pounds for his WBC featherweight title defense in the main event. He's facing former titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez (54-8, 46 KO), who weighed in at 125 pounds, both of them just under the 126-pound limit and looking in good shape.
Asked about his sparring years ago with Gonzalez, Mares told Steve Farhood of Showtime Sports, "I had maybe six pro fights when I sparred Gonzalez. It was back in 2006. I'm a different fighter now, and he is as well."
He also knows that the veteran Gonzalez has plenty of tricks up his sleeve, as well as ability. "I know that Jhonny can do it all. He's a boxer and he likes the distance, but he can also brawl. It will depend how it turns out, round-by-round. I'm ready for anything. The fans will get a treat. The fans are the winners."
Gonzalez told Farhood, "I know I'm well-prepared. I know he's well-prepared. I think the fans and the media are going to enjoy the fight. I'm going to win the title and take it back to Mexico City."
In the co-feature, Victor Terrazas (37-2-1, 21 KO) will defend his WBC super bantamweight title against rising action star Leo Santa Cruz (24-0-1, 14 KO). Terrazas weighed in at 121, a pound under the limit, while Santa Cruz came in at 121¾.
Terrazas accepts his role as the underdog, and Santa Cruz's role as the crowd favorite, too. He also said, "There's a reason I'm the champion. I know that to win the title and retain my title, I have to fight the best in the world."
Asked about Santa Cruz's volume punching style, Terrazas told Farhood, "I'm aware of the way he fights. I think that as the rounds keep going, I'm going to strategize and see what I have to do to win."
Santa Cruz, like Mares, promised a good fight, and said he was prepared for anything. "We'll go forward pressuring, trying to break him down with body shots. He's older than me. If that doesn't work, we'll work distance. We'll see. Whatever works, we'll do that."