MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight champion Abner Mares of Mexico said fellow champion Nonito Donaire should have countered if “The Filipino Flash” was dissatisfied with the contract he was offered.
Mares’ promoter, Golden Boy, offered Top Rank $3 million for the services of Donaire for a potential fight between the two champions.
But Top Rank boss Bob Arum rebuffed the offer, calling it “bulls---,” while Donaire said he was concerned with many of the details in the contract.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Mares (24-0-1, 13 KOs) pointed out that Donaire should have made a counter-offer instead of refusing outright.
“Nonito is complaining about the details on the contract and making excuses. Okay, Nonito could have easily counter-offered in writing,” Mares said.
“It got me to the point of frustration and mad too, and that was the only reason I was responding on Twitter, because he was making it seem like we weren’t doing anything. Like we were all bluff, and we weren’t,” he added.
Golden Boy’s contract specified that the Mares-Donaire fight would take place no later than June 30 this year.
“My promotional (company) said, ‘Here’s $3 million,’ and Nonito said, ‘No, that’s just bluff, put it on paper.’ What did we do? We put it on paper. (Then they said) ‘Oh, that’s not a legitimate contract.’ What did we do? We put it out there, 13 pages,” Mares related.
“And now, what’s his excuse? ‘Oh it’s not a good contract.’ Well, send your counter offer and we’ll make it happen,” he added.
“But that only lets us know he’s not trying to make the fight happen.”
Mares stressed that he was not accusing Donaire of ducking him. “I’m not saying he’s scared of me... Of course he’s not. He’s a fighter. But let’s make that fight happen for the fans,” he said.
With the Mares fight now off the table, Donaire is reportedly set to fight fellow Top Rank boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux on April 13.