MANILA, Philippines – Despite reports of his impending unification title bout with Nonito Donaire Jr. this coming April, Cuban fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux remains unsure if the fight will really push through.
Rigondeaux, the WBA super bantamweight champion, has long wished to get in the ring with the four-division champion and current WBO 122-pound king Donaire.
But reports of supposed negotiation for a Donaire-Abner Mares bout in April showed that Rigondeaux’s dream fight is becoming elusive.
"There are many things that are going on beyond my comprehension. At first everything seemed to be plain sailing to that fight, but now everything is the opposite,” Rigondeaux, a two time Olympic gold medalist, said in Boxing Scene.
The Cuban fighter said he has no choice but to continue his training even as he waits for the developments.
“I am doing my part, I am preparing at my best to fight him tomorrow. I can not do anything more. My manager [Gary Hyde] is not here [in the United States] and I do not know a lot of the details, but I do not want to be surprised with a last minute change, so I'm preparing,” said Rigondeaux.
It was earlier reported that Rigondeaux will be facing the “Filipino Flash” on April 13.
Both fighters are under contract with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc.
However, there seems to be a back door negotiations for the Donaire-Mares fight, a bout deemed more marketable.
Golden Boy Promotions, which handles Mares’ bouts, offered to pay Top Rank $3 million provided that Arum allows Donaire to fight Mares.