Donaire’s wish list-A A +A
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
THE top of World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight king Nonito Donaire’s wish list for next year is a unification bout with fellow super bantamweight champion Abner Mares. But if it won’t happen, then his options are open.
“If it’s possible for next year, we would like to have that fight happen,” Donaire told ABS-CBN. “But I don’t think the mending thing (between Top Rank and Golden Boy) will ever happen.”
The reason that a unification fight with World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight titleholder Mares would be so difficult to make is that their promoters Top Rank and Golden Boy in a long rift. Both Donaire Jr. and Mares are also fighting for different networks, HBO and Showtime, respectively.
“It’s just a different world, it’s like Mars and Earth co-existing,” he added.
Another option for Donaire Jr. is unification with former Olympian and current World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux. But if Rigondeaux prices himself too much, then the 30-year-old Filipino superstar isn’t too keen about it.
“We have been trying to make that fight happen, but they asked for too much,” he said. “I’m the money guy, and they want more. I keep telling people that he’s not deserving of fighting me. But I will fight him just to get his belt. That’s pretty much why I will fight the guy.”
A third option for Donaire Jr. is to move up to the featherweight division – in which he can challenge world champions Chris John (WBA Super champion), Nicholas Walters (WBA), Orlando Salido (WBO), Daniel Ponce de Leon (WBC) and Billy Dib (IBF).
Donaire Jr. arrived in the Philippines yesterday after an impressive third round knockout over Mexican star Jorge Arce last weekend.
He is a favorite to win this year’s “Fighter of the Year” honors following wins over Arce, Toshiaki Nishioka, Jeffrey Mathebula and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 20, 2012.