Donaire waiting for green light on Vegas bout

By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star)

Posted at Jan 31 2013 03:25 PM | Updated as of Jan 31 2013 11:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Nonito Donaire Jr. is moving on with his plans, which include a resort trip with his wife this weekend and a fight in Las Vegas on April 13.

The WBO super-bantamweight champion has been quite busy the past few days talking about a showdown with WBC counterpart Abner Mares.

But the fight will not happen in April not because the fighters don’t want to but because their promoters, Top Rank and Golden Boy, couldn’t seal the deal.

Instead, Top Rank chief Bob Arum said Donaire will take on either Vic Darchinyan or WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux on April 13.

Golden Boy recently sent Donaire a $3 million offer for him to fight Mares, who belongs to the GBP stable.

In a multi-page letter, Golden Boy enumerated the fight details exclusively obtained by Rick Reeno of, foremost of which is the $3 million price tag. It’s got everything on it.

It stated that the fight will take place in the United States no later than June 30, the size of the ring and the gloves, the number of first-class plane tickets, fight tickets and hotel rooms for Donaire’s use, as well as the fight poster billing and even the ring-walk music.

The fight would have been billed “Donaire vs Mares” and presented by Golden Boy in cooperation with Top Rank and the rest of the sponsors.

But Donaire found a hole in the letter wherein it states that “if promoter cancels the bout, as provided above, then this Agreement shall terminate and, except for the foregoing provisions of this paragraph, the parties shall have no further obligations to each other.”

Arum also told Golden Boy wants to stage the fight in June, and it’s unacceptable for Donaire because his wife Rachel is giving birth to their first child on that month.

Besides, Arum said they already have a commitment with HBO for an April 13 Donaire fight and that Golden Boy wants to do the fight on June 15.

“I offered a sum to Golden Boy for Mares and they rejected. We’re on with another opponent,” said Arum, who looked at the documents more like a proposal than a contract.

Donaire, meanwhile, said he took his wife to a restaurant Tuesday night, and they can’t wait for the resort trip this week. The boxer said they’ve also got their Valentines week planned.

“Taking wifey on a resort trip this week and then Valentines week I got stuff planned :-) 2 (too) bad she can’t have champagne 2 celebrate the baby boy,” said Donaire’s tweet.