A fighter stands alone in the ring when it's time to answer the opening bell. But as is the case for any man who reaches that championship level, it takes a team to get him to that moment.
Abner Mares believes his team is as good as it gets.
In the fifth and final episode of the Getting to Know Abner Mares video series, the three-time world champion introduces fans to the three key figures who are with him every day in training camp leading up to a fight. That team is comprised of head trainer Clemente Medina, strength and conditioning coach Luis Garcia, and assistant coach Daniel Valverde.
This is the team that has prepped him for several big fights in his career, none bigger than Saturday’s showdown with fellow Angeleno Leo Santa Cruz at L.A.'s Staples Center, which airs on ESPN (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).