MANILA, Philippines – A boxing analyst believes top super bantamweights Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Abner Mares need to face other opponents first before considering a fight against each other.
Donaire holds the WBO and IBF super bantamweight belts after outpointing South African boxer Jeffrey Mathebula last Saturday. The Filipino champion has made no secret of his intention to unify all the belts at the weight class and become the undisputed champion.
Mares, for his part, has said that he is willing to face Donaire, even though they are under two different promotional companies. The 26-year-old Mexican currently holds the WBC super bantamweight belt.
“Donaire vs Mares is a fight I’d gladly pay to see,” wrote RingTV’s Doug Fischer. “I think it could sell out a number of major arenas in California and Texas.”
“But I do feel like this match-up should marinate a little bit. Both fighters just arrived to the deep 122-pound division, and both young men still need to establish themselves as the two top dogs,” he added.
Fischer said he would like to see Mares “defeat one or two RING-ranked junior featherweights decisively,” while Donaire should score a knockout victory before the two face each other.
“Mares could instantly prove he’s a top 122-pounder if he beat (Guillermo) Rigondeaux or (Toshiaki) Nishioka – but both fights are very risky,” Fischer said.
“Still, Mares has never been one to avoid a tough fight,” he added.
Fischer believes Donaire is slightly ahead of Mares right now, because “The Filipino Flash” defeated two RING-ranked super bantamweights to earn his IBF and WBO title belts.
The analyst commends both Donaire and Mares, as they not only have “championship ability,” but have the potential to be great stars outside the ring.
“Nonito and Abner are very nice guys with bright personalities and a sense of humor. They obviously have championship ability in the ring, but they also hold the potential – thanks to their charm and styles – to become real stars/attraction in the sport,” Fischer said.
A Donaire-Mares fight may face a promotional roadblock, as Donaire is currently under Top Rank while Mares is under Golden Boy.
The two promotional companies have been having trouble working with each other for years, with their top executives – Oscar De La Hoya for Golden Boy and Bob Arum for Top Rank – exchanging insults through the media for quite some time now.