Daniel Ponce de Leon and Abner Mares spoke to reporters on Monday about Saturday’s showdown for the WBC featherweight title. The fight will be the main undercard bout on the Mayweather-Guerrero PPV extravaganza in Las Vegas. Mares has relinquished his WBC super bantamweight belt to move up in weight and campaign in the featherweight ranks. Ponce de Leon is the reigning champion.
Abner Mares: I’m stepping into a bigger, heavier weight class and already going against a heavy puncher. It’s hard, but I think it’s all mental. I’m weighing the same, he’s weighing the same and I think I’m going to recuperate (after the weigh-in) and be six to ten pounds heavier the next day. That night I want to let it be known that skills and smartness kills power and pressure any day.
Daniel Ponce de Leon: (Moving up in weight) is going be a difference and he’ll have to take that into account. I’ve done it before in my career. I’ve fought as high as 130 and I noticed a difference in size and in power. I’m sure he’s going to feel the difference, as well. It’s hard to jump up in another weight class and fight for the world title. It’s very, very tough.
(Comparing Mares to Yuriorkas Gamboa, Adrien Broner and Jhonny Gonzalez) Abner is similar to them. He’s a good technician, he has a very good style but the difference is that he’s smaller. I fought both Gamboa and Broner at 130, they’re bigger guys. I fought Jhonny Gonzalez at 126, he’s a good technician and that was a tough fight, as well. The difference is Abner is a smaller guy.