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Mayweather vs Maidana undercard could feature Mares vs Miura, Love vs Periban

Abner Mares might be going for his fourth world title on May 3, with a possible J'Leon Love vs Marco Antonio Periban also part of the Mayweather-Maidana show.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Two potential fights for the May 3 Showtime pay-per-view undercard beneath the Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana welterweight championship fight are being worked on by Golden Boy, including a possibility of Abner Mares going for a world title in his fourth weight class.

Mares (26-1-1, 14 KO) would in theory move up to 130 pounds to face WBC titlist Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20 KO). If he were successful, that would make Mares a four-weight titleholder at just 28 years of age. He's already won belts at 118, 122, and 126, but he lost the featherweight belt in his first defense last August, when he was knocked out by Jhonny Gonzalez in one round.

How that leads Mares to an immediate title shot in the next-highest weight class is anyone's guess other than shrugging and remembering that it's boxing, and money talks. Still, whether you think Abner deserves it right now or not doesn't change that it's a very good fight on paper. Miura, 29, is no scrub, having beaten Gamaliel Diaz, Sergio Thompson, and Dante Jardon in his last three fights.

In a possible super middleweight matchup, Mayweather Promotions' J'Leon Love (17-0, 10 KO) could be matched up with Marco Antonio Periban (20-1-1, 13 KO). Love won his last fight this past Friday night on ShoBox: The New Generation, stopping Vladine Biosse in the 10th round of a fight he pretty much dominated. Periban is a step up from there (at least), even though he's 0-1-1 in his last two, a close loss to Sakio Bika and a draw with Badou Jack.

Is Mares-Miura a good enough possible PPV co-feature for you guys, or are you holding out hope for something like Khan-Broner in addition to these possible fights?

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