MANILA, Philippines – Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux stepped up his verbal attack against fellow champion Nonito Donaire Jr. by claiming that the “Filipino Flash” is no Manny Pacquiao.
"Manny fought the best fighters around when he was moving up through weight classes but this phony, Donaire, is disappointing fans all over the world, especially Filipino people, by running scared from the best fighter at 122 pounds," Rigondeaux said in Fight Hype.
Rigondeaux, the World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion, among the long line of boxers wanting to challenge Donaire.
The Cuban defector claimed Donaire has been avoiding him.
"Donaire is running scared of any super bantamweights with power," Rigondeaux said. "He hasn't knocked out anybody at 122 pounds. One thing is for sure, though, he will get knocked out if he has the guts to fight me."
Donaire, however, isn’t impressed with Rigondeaux’s fighting style.
“I think in the pro level, he’s very inexperienced,” he earlier said in RingTV.
“He’s never fought a guy like Fernando Montiel or Vic Darchinyan,” he added.
Donaire boxer had just unified the World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation titles by decking Jeffrey Mathebula in the 4th round en route to a unanimous decision victory.
The Filipino Flash even broke Mathebula’s jaw in his pursuit to unify the titles.