MANILA, Philippines – Unified super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire claims Mexican boxer Jorge Arce is asking for far more money than he deserves, which led to the breakdown in negotiations between the two camps.
Donaire was reported to be fighting Arce on December 15, with the Filipino champion even willing to fight in Arce’s hometurf of Mexico City.
The talks fell apart, however, after Arce priced himself out of the bout.
“It’s just that he wants to get paid,” Donaire said in an interview with PTV Sports, as quoted by Examiner. “That’s what he wants. He wants more than what he deserves.”
Donaire pointed out that this was not the first time negotiations fell apart between their camps.
“We already tried to ink the fight five or six times,” he revealed. “But they keep on demanding everything. I have the belt and yet they’re still demanding?”
“Arce knows I’m going to his lair. They know that I’m fighting though I’m still injured. Yet they still don’t want to get the fight done,” Donaire added.
Earlier this year, it was rumored that Donaire and Arce were close to meeting inside the ring, but talks reportedly broke down due to Arce’s financial demands.
Donaire wound up fighting, and beating, top Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka last October 13 in California.
Aside from the financial issue, Donaire believes there is one more reason for Arce’s reluctance to fight him.
“I’m a pretty dangerous opponent,” he said. “I have power. I can hurt him when I choose to.”