MANILA, Philippines – If Guillermo Rigondeaux keeps asking for more money, then Nonito Donaire Jr. will fight Vic Darchinyan instead, boxing promoter Bob Arum said.
In an interview with Boxing Scene's Ronnie Nathanielsz, Arum said Rigondeaux wanted Top Rank to settle a legal dispute with Miami-based Caribe Promotions before he signs the deal for a unification title fight against Donaire.
The WBA super bantamweight champion from Cuba has long been chasing Donaire, but arranging the fight with Rigondeaux turned out to be a complicated matter.
“They were out, now they're in and suing and they are trying to hit me for more money which I’m not going to give them… If Rigondeaux is not going to sign the contract we’ll go with Darchinyan,” said the Top Rank CEO.
What makes the Darchiyan fight more attractive to Arum is that the Armenian fighter is not asking much for a rematch against Donaire.
“[The Darchinyan rematch] may be a better fight and Cameron Dunkin (Donaire’s manager) likes that fight for Donaire,” Arum said. “Darchinyan is not asking for as much money as Rigondeaux so it will make HBO happy because we can give them a little refund.”
Arum has already reserved an April 13 fight date for Donaire, the WBO super bantamweight king.
Donaire won his first world title, the IBF flyweight belt, when he knocked out Darchinyan in the fifth round of the their 2007 title bout.