MANILA, Philippines – Boxing coach Robert Garcia said his fighter, super bantamweight king Nonito Donaire Jr., is the better fighter overall than Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux.
“Pound for pound, Nonito’s one of the best, if not the best,” Garcia said in Boxing Scene. “I honestly believe, Nonito’s talent is over so many fighters out there.”
Proof of Donaire’s talent, said the coach, is the Filipino-American’s 9th round-stoppage of World Boxing Council (WBC) emeritus champion Toshiaki Nishioka last Saturday.
Garcia said that Donaire could even make short work of Rigondeaux if the Cuban gets a chance to test himself against the “Filipino Flash.”
“I have no doubt that Nonito would beat Rigondeaux, it could even be an easy fight,” he said. “Rigondeaux hasn’t been on this level.”
Rigondeaux, the World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion, has called Donaire a coward for refusing to fight him.
But Donaire currently owns the World Boxing Organization (WBO), the World Boxing Council (WBC) Diamond, the International Boxing Federation (IBF), and the RING Magazine crowns.
Garcia believes Rigondeaux will need more than a call-out to prove himself worthy of a Donaire fight.
“He’s looking good and believe me, he’s very talented, but he can’t win this spot by beating somebody like [Robert] Marroquin. I think he’s got to get big names like Nonito’s been doing.”