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Mares vs. Ponce De Leon: Fight is co-feature to Mayweather - Guerrero pay-per-view

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Abner Mares' featherweight debut against Daniel Ponce De Leon has been moved to the chief supporting bout of the Floyd Mayweather - Robert Guerrero pay-per-view card.

Jeff Gross

The showdown between Abner Mares and Ponce De Leon is now going to be the chief supporting bout to the Floyd Mayweather - Robert Guerrero pay-per-view main event, according to a report from Boxing Scene. Richard Schaefer informed them of the change.

The fight had initially been scheduled to take place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on April 20. However, when Canelo Alvarez balked at fighting on the May 4th undercard without a guarantee from Mayweather for a September fight, Golden Boy was left with a gaping hole to fill. Enter Mares - Ponce De Leon, a fight that has many fans excited for the potential in-ring action it could produce, and our first chance to see Mares at featherweight. It's a very good matchup, especially considering it's Mares' 126 pound debut. Canelo will now face Austin Trout on April 20 on Showtime.

Losing the Canelo fight as the chief support to the main event was a blow to the pay-per-view, but Golden Boy has rebounded as well as they could have here. Neither Mares or Ponce De Leon has the star power of Canelo, but in terms of putting on a good fight before the main event, this is certainly better than most of what boxing fans get for their pay-per-view money.

According to the Boxing Scene article, Schaefer also said that they are still working on another fight to place on the show, likely involving Leo Santa Cruz. Cruz can't be in a bad fight so this may turnout to be a very fine pay-per-view even without the Canelo-Trout match. Can't say I'm not looking forward to it.