MANILA, Philippines – Amid new complications surrounding his possible fight against Nonito Donaire Jr., Cuban champion Guillermo Rigondeaux has decided to switch trainers.
And this didn’t sit well with his manager Gary Hyde.
"Rigo has already left two world-class trainers -- Freddie Roach and Ronnie Shields,” Hyde said in Boxing Scene.
Rigondeaux has decided to reunite with his old trainer, Pedro Diaz, who was his coach during his amateur boxing days.
The WBA 122-pound champion believes Diaz will be able to help him upset the four-division champ Donaire.
“It's just a decision that I feel is the best one for my career by going with the trainer that knew me since the amateurs, since the Olympics,” Rigondeaux said.
But Hyde said a change in coaches going to the Donaire fight could do harm than good.
“As Rigo's manager I have to protect his interests and changing trainers going into the biggest fight of his career is not in his interest,” he said.
Moreover, Rigondeaux's camp must also change tactics in negotiating for the Donaire fight as the Cuban is reportedly asking for a higher purse. This could prompt promoter Bob Arum to pit Donaire against Vic Darchinyan instead.