Where does Abner Mares go from here?
Mares and Ponce De Leon put on a great fight. Mares came out really strong and was consistently first with the punches and showed he could carry his power up with the knockdowns. I did think the stoppage was slightly premature though, Mares seemed to be getting tired and Ponce De Leon was coming on strong but Ponce was taking some hellacious shots so its not the worst stoppage by a ref ever.
In an ideal world I would still like to see Donaire VS Mares, I think the Donaire that would show up to that fight would be alot better prepared that the one that fought Rigondeux but I think Mares wins that fight. Mares is more versatile, he adjusts to styles alot better and can be disciplined through an entire fight sticking to a game plan.
A fight between Mares and Rigo I think would be another boxing enthusiast super fight, Rigo's speed might give him the edge in that one but I do think Mares would be there all night and at some point would touch Rigo's chin to again test it.
Do you think he should move up on weight? What other fighters at this weight would be good to see him in with?
The key is Self-discipline.