MANILA, Philippines – Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer believes his Top Rank counterpart, Bob Arum, and world super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire are making excuses when they rejected a $3-milion offer for a fight.
Golden Boy had offered Top Rank $3 million for the services of Donaire in order to put together a fight between “The Filipino Flash” and Mexican champion Abner Mares.
But in a RingTV report, Arum called the contract a “bulls--- offer,” while Donaire said he has not yet even seen the contract.
Schaefer told RingTV’s Lem Satterfield that both Donaire and Arum were making excuses.
“I don’t have a problem with Donaire not wanting to fight Mares or Top Rank not wanting to do business with Golden Boy,” he said.
“But then they should just say so and stop making excuses. Don’t ask for a contract, and then, when they have it, they come up with other excuses,” he added.
In a separate Boxing Scene report, Schaefer refuted the assertion that the contract they sent was not legitimate.
“Donaire stating that this is not a contract is wrong,” he told Rick Reeno. “If he does not want to fight Mares, then just say it. If Arum does not want to work with Golden Boy then just say it.”
“If Donaire is not his own boss and can not fight who he wants, then just say it. But they should stop making excuses,” Schaefer added.
With Mares out of the picture, Donaire is likely to fight another fellow champion, Guillermo Rigondeaux, on April 13.