Abner Mares prepares for title defense, talks of future challenges

Mares, 27, has beaten champions Vic Darchinyan, Joseph Agbeko, Anselmo Moreno and Daniel Ponce De Leon in that stretch and has finally broken into the mythical pound-for-pound rankings lists.

He also boldly sought Nonito Donaire before the Filipino was defeated this year by Guillermo Rigondeaux, extending Donaire $3 million to Mares’ $1.5 million for a bout that was rejected by Donaire promoter Top Rank.

Mares says he remains open to Donaire, Rigondeaux or Top Rank’s former 130-pound champion Mikey Garcia, “but if the promotions won’t work together, there’s no legal way I can force them to fight me.”

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