Mares wants Donaire, or he'll move to featherweight


Posted at Jan 23 2013 07:54 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2013 03:54 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Mexican champion Abner Mares said he’ll need to fight “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire soon or he’ll make his move to the featherweight ranks.

Mares, the WBC super bantamweight champion, is seeking a unification title bout against Donaire.

But the latest reports indicated that WBO 122-pound king Donaire will be facing WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in April.

Mares said he doesn’t know for how long he could still fight as a super bantamweight as he’s struggling to make the 122-pound limit.

"I can still make super bantamweight, and for a good amount of time, but in order to do that I have to work hard,” he said in Boxing Scene

He added that his options at super bantamweight are limited to just two fights.

“I think that I can still make a couple of fights at this weight,” said Mares. “Search for a match against Nonito Donaire, and make my mandatory defense against [WBC silver champion] Victor Terrazas."

He said that if he doesn’t get Donaire, he’ll fight Terrazas then move on to featherweight.

"At that weight there are attractive opponents, the big fights, the big purses."