Daniel Ponce De Leon vs. Abner Mares: Preview and Prediction for WBC Title Fight

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Daniel Ponce De Leon vs. Abner Mares: Preview and Prediction for WBC Title Fight
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Abner Mares isn't afraid to bleed to exact punishment, which he may need to do again Saturday.

It may not be the fight that you’ve heard the most about heading into this weekend at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but the WBC featherweight title showdown between veteran champion Daniel Ponce De Leon and division newcomer Abner Mares has a chance to be Saturday’s best.

The 32-year-old champion makes his initial defense of the belt he won from Jhonny Gonzalez in September in Nevada, while Mares rises from a career previously spent winning championships at both 118 and 122 pounds.

His last appearance was in November at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he won eight of 12 rounds on all three cards against fellow former two-division champion Anselmo Moreno.

For a look at what each man needs to do this weekend, click Begin Slideshow.

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