Abner Mares: I can't think about the past

Former three division world champion Abner Mares was joined by dozens of Los Angeles media members today during his open media workout at his Del Mares Gym. Mares is preparing for his Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN showdown with Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz on Saturday, August 29 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Here is what Mares had to say about the fight:

"All the work is done. I could go this whole week, not train and just recover because I'm that ready. I've done what I have to do.

"I feel really good. No injuries, no illness; I'm just really ready for August 29.

"I cant think about the past because this fight is happening now. It's finally here. Less than two weeks away.

"We'll find out how our styles mesh on August 29. In my mind, I know I'm ready and I know his style. He is a high-volume puncher but we've prepared very well for that.

"This is definitely the biggest fight of my career. I'm ready to fight anyone. I want Gary Russell Jr. and all the great fighters at this weight. It's just a matter of taking care of business one by one.

"In my mind, after the loss, I left the top level of the game. I had to overcome some issues mentally, but now I'm back better than I ever have been. I'm going to go in there August 29ready to prove that. I'm going to make a statement that Abner Mares is back."

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