With the recent announcement of the mega fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana set for Saturday, May 3rd, now the big story is what three or four fights will be broadcast the same night on Showtime PPV in support. Many possible match ups have been mentioned but none have been made official by either Golden Boy or Mayweather Promotions.One of the first fights that was mentioned that might be held that night was the WBC super featherweight title fight between current champion Takashi Miura and three-divisional world champion Abner Mares. Mares has not fought since his August 2012 knockout loss against Jhonny Gonzalez while Miura is on a seven win streak including a unanimous decision over Mexican Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson to capture the 130-pound title and ninth round TKO over Dante Jardon last December 31st. The move up to the super featherweight division would be an unprecedented one for Mares since he has never fought in that division and would be interesting to see if Mares 5’4 ½” frame could support the weight. Despite how enticing the fight looks, Eric Gomez, head matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions, earlier this week in San Diego during the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez ‘s open media work out put an end to the hearsay by announcing that the fight will not happen on May 3rd.
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