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Canelo’s Cinco de Mayo Showdown & Explosive Undercard Unveiled

Canelo's Cinco de Mayo Showdown & Explosive Undercard Unveiled

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Canelo’s Cinco de Mayo Showdown & Explosive Undercard Unveiled

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Canelo’s Cinco de Mayo Showdown & Explosive Undercard Unveiled

On Saturday, May 4, three intriguing matchups featuring some of the most exciting fighters in world boxing have been added to the stacked card for Canelo Alvarez vs. Jaime Munguía creating a Cinco de Mayo weekend extravaganza. The card will be presented by Canelo Promotions and shown as a PBC Pay-Per-View event on Prime Video from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

In addition to the PPV being available for purchase on Prime Video, regardless of Prime membership, fans will also be able to purchase the PPV via On top of those options, fans will also be able to continue to access the telecast through traditional cable and satellite outlets.

Canelo Cinco de Mayo: Undercard Unveiled for Explosive Card

Canelo Cinco de Mayo: Mario Barrios vs. Fabian Maidana

In the co-main event, we will see Mario Barrios (28-2, 18 KOs) take on the dangerous Fabian Maidana (22-2, 16 KOs) in a 12-round bout, with Barrios defending his Interim WBC welterweight title. “El Azteca” is a former world champion at 140 pounds and last time out beat Yordenis Ugas by unanimous decision, dropping him twice en route to victory. He is an aggressive come-forward fighter who carries plenty of power, whose only defeats have come to Gervonta Davis and Keith Thurman.

Ahead of his next fight, the Texan fighter was full of gratitude: “I’m thrilled to be back in the ring for the co-main event of the biggest Mexican fight in history and during Cinco de Mayo weekend.” He continued:  “Fabian Maidana is a tough warrior like me, so the fans are definitely in for an exciting fight. Defending my title is priority number one, and I’m going to do it with intelligence and bad intentions. Everyone knows that when I step into the ring, I leave it all in there. This will be no different. On May 4, the fans can expect a Mexico vs. Argentina war.”

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Maidana will be hoping, to follow in the footsteps of his brother Marcos, who was a two-division champion. Following a strong amateur career, he has impressed in the professional ranks and is currently on a four-fight winning streak. Speaking on the upcoming challenge against Barrios, he said: “I’m very happy to be fighting on this card against a great champion like Mario Barrios.” He continued:  “We come to win and give our best to the mecca of boxing, Las Vegas. The world knows my brother beat Floyd Mayweather on Cinco de Mayo, and I plan to do the same against Barrios. I’m fighting for my people in Argentina, and I’m coming to win.”

Brandon Figueroa vs. Jessie Magdaleno

The stacked pay-per-view lineup will also include Brandon Figueroa (24-1-1, 18 KOs)vs. Jessie Magdaleno (29-2, 18 KOs) for Figueroa’s interim WBC featherweight title. The 27-year-old previously defeated former world champion Mark Magsayo via a unanimous decision in March 2023. He was also involved in an entertaining clash with Stephen Fulton in 2021, losing by a majority decision. 

In preparation for his return, Figueroa has spoken regarding his relief at returning: “I’ve been staying ready, just patiently waiting for my opportunity, and now I can’t wait to get back in the ring on May 4.” He continued: “Magdaleno is a great fighter and he’s a former world champion for a reason. I know I have to be at my best. I’m just hungry to get back into the ring and keep boxing exciting with my fights and my fighting style.”

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Las Vegas native Magdaleno will be eager to get his career back on track following a unanimous decision loss to Raymond Ford. His most impressive win came over Nonito Donaire in 2016. Magdaleno has expressed how much this fight means to him: “This fight is everything for me.”

“There are people who think I’m an underdog against Figueroa. But I’d remind those people of one thing…I was an underdog when I became world champion for the first time, and I’m ready to do it again. On May 4 you will hear ‘and the new!’”

Eimantas Stanionis vs. Gabriel Maestre

Kicking off the Canelo-Munguía undercard will be undefeated WBA Welterweight Champion Eimantas Stanionis (14-0, 9 KOs) vs. unbeaten two-time Olympian Gabriel Maestre (6-0-1, 5 KOs) The two unbeaten fighters colliding will be an intriguing bout, with Stanionis an impressive come-forward fighter and a great finisher. The Lithuanian fighter has endured a frustrating time out of the ring, with cancellations against Vergil Ortiz

Ahead of his return, the Kaunas native said: “I’m so excited to get back in the ring, I feel like a kid in a candy store who gets to choose any kind of candy he wants,” said Stanionis. “This is especially exciting for me because I am a big fan of Canelo Álvarez. I love watching his fights and as a kid, I dreamed of fighting on Cinco de Mayo in front of all those great Mexican fans. It motivates me even more to give them a great fight. I know that Gabriel Maestre is tough and has power. We fought in the amateurs and I know it’s a great matchup of styles. I’m going to bring the action and so will he. You can definitely expect fireworks on May 4.”

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Maestre has great lateral movement and carries plenty of power as shown with his stoppage win over Travon Marshall. He’s a two-time Olympian for Venezuela who enjoyed an impressive amateur career defeating Brian Castano, Carlos Adames, Alexander Besputin, Oscar Molina and Brian Ceballo. 

Maestre said on the upcoming bout: “I’ve wanted to fight Stanionis for years and get revenge from our amateur match.” 

“It was a tough close fight and I’m ready to face him again for another war. We are ready for a great fight and to leave the ring with my hand raised. May 4 will be a historic day for me and Venezuela.”

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