Abner Mares wants the best, Jhonny Gonzalez hints at move up
WBC Featherweight champion Abner Mares and challenger Jhonny Gonzalez were both respectful at yesterday's press conference. Mares spoke fondly about his time working under Nacho Beristain and Jhonny promised a great fight before about a possible move up in weight after tomorrow's clash.
ABNER MARES, WBC Featherweight World Champion
"I want to thank the entire Golden Boy staff for making this possible. I know them all, from the guy who cleans the office to the head honchos like Oscar and Richard (Schaefer). And I want to thank SHOWTIME. I've been a headliner like eight times and it's just a huge blessing. I won't disappoint. I promise you a great fight like I always do.
"This is another tough fight, but I want to fight nothing but the best. Champion, ex-world champion, whoever you bring, whoever the fans want me to fight, you know I'll fight. I like and admire Jhonny Gonzalez. I like his style of fighting and know his camp because (Ignacio) 'Nacho' Beristain was my trainer for three years. I know the style and it's nothing but finesse and nothing but pureness.
"I've seen my share of fights from StubHub in the stands, but now I'm ready to experience coming out and putting on a real show for the fans.''
JHONNY GONZALEZ, Former Two-Division World Champion
"I want to thank Golden Boy and everyone involved for making this fight happen. I am very prepared. A fighter always wants to fight the best and I am fighting the best in Abner Mares.
"The question I've been asked the most is if I am looking at this as my last chance at the bigtime. Well, I am not. One way to stop getting this question from the media is to win on Saturday.
"Every fighter wants to get a shot at the world title, and then to win it, but my body feels good and I still feel I have a lot of fight left in me. I'm not looking ahead, but I can see a possible move to super featherweight in the future.
"I may have more knockouts than he has fights (actually, almost twice as many), but he had such a great amateur career than I think we are tied when it comes to experience.
"I am sure the biggest winners will be the fans and the sport of boxing because this fight is going to be a total war.''
Mares vs. Gonzalez will be shown live on Showtime tomorrow as part of a double-header of world title action. Leo Santa Cruz will challenge newly crowned WBC super-bantamweight champion, Victor Terrazas, in the co-feature.