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Marquez-Pacquiao II Undercard: Luevano-Jandaeng, Mares-Gabi & Diaz-Montano

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (March 4, 2008) Six world class fighters in three compelling fights, highlight the televised portion of the highly anticipated pay-per-view card headlined by the Juan Manuel Marquez-Manny Pacquiao II world title rematch. Marquez - Pacquiao II Unfinished Business, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, in association with Romanza Boxing Productions and MP Promotions and sponsored by Tecate, Rock Star Energy Drink and Southwest Airlines, takes place Saturday, March 15 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The bouts will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion STEVEN LUEVANO (34-1, 15 KOs), from La Puente, Calif., will be making the second defense of his championship since winning it last July by knocking out the previously undefeated Nicky Cook, (27-0, 15 KOs), in the 11th round of their fight in London. Luevano successfully defended his title in October, winning a dominant unanimous decision over Antonio Davis (24-2, 12 KOs). On March 15, he will be making a mandatory title defense against No. 1 contender TERDSAK JANDAENG (29-2, 19 KOs) from Thailand. Jandaeng enters the fight having won 11 of his last 12 bouts, with over half of those victories coming by way of knockout.

North America Boxing Organization (NABO) bantamweight champion ABNER MARES (15-0, 9 KOs), will be risking his undefeated record and No. 3 world rating when he defends his title against top 10 contender and former world title challenger DIOSDADO GABI (30-3-1, 22 KOs) from The Philippines. Mares, a member of the 2004 Mexican Olympic Team, will be making the second defense of his title since winning it last year by defeating former world champion Isidro Garcia, who retired on his stool after the seventh round. Gabi is riding a two-year, four-bout winning streak with only one bout lasting the distance.

World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion DAVID DIAZ (33-1-1, 17 KOs), of Chicago, is enjoying a three-year, eight-bout unbeaten streak. He returns to the ring for a 10-round non-title bout fresh off of his first successful title defense, a hard-fought unanimous decision against legendary three-division world champion Erik Morales. Diaz will be taking on RAMON MONTANO (15-4-2, 1 KO) from Ciudad Obregon, Mexico who is unbeaten in 11 of his last 12 bouts, including a split decision victory over highly-touted contender Americo Santos (25-1-1, 21 KOs), and a draw against undefeated Dmitriy Salita (24-0, 14 KOs).

Remaining tickets, priced at $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100, can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay box office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith's Food and Drug Centers, Macy's West at the Fashion Show Mall, and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000 or Mandalay Bay (702) 632-7580. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

The Marquez - Pacquiao II pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $49.95, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 61 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For your Marquez - Pacquiao II fight week updates, log on to www.hbo.com

Article posted on 04.03.2008



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