Former champion wants to fight Donaire


Posted at Feb 12 2013 06:48 PM | Updated as of Feb 13 2013 02:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Former world featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez has emerged as a potential opponent for super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire.

Lopez (31-2, 28 KOs) was knocked out by Orlando Salido in March 2012, but put his career back on track with a knockout win over Brazil’s Aldimar Silva last January.

In an interview with Boxing Scene, Lopez’s promoter Peter Rivera said they are hoping to find a place for the Puerto Rican in the undercard of Donaire’s title unification fight against Guillermo Rigondeaux. 

“Donaire has a fight in April, and we want to be on the undercard that night to begin creating the atmosphere of this fight, which could happen between August and September,” Rivera said.

Rivera said a fight against “The Filipino Flash” is “very appealing” for their team.

“And economically, it’s also the best option,” he said.

While Lopez campaigns at super featherweight (130-pounds), Rivera made it clear they were willing to compromise with Donaire, who may climb another weight class should he defeat Rigondeaux.

“We know that Nonito will rise to 126-pounds, and we are available to fight at a catch-weight,” Rivera said.

Donaire will face Rigondeaux in a title unification bout on April 13 in a yet to be determined location.