MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Organization super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire remains cool on a potential title unification fight against World Boxing Association champion Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba.
Rigondeaux has repeatedly called out Donaire through the media, and while the Filipino boxer insists he is willing to fight anyone, he believes fighting the Cuban will do nothing for his career.
“It will be an easy fight for me,” Donaire told Joaquin Henson of The Philippine Star. “It’s not worth the trouble... He’s not the same level as me.”
“First of all, Rigondeaux’s not marketable. Who will pay to watch him fight? Then, he’s making all sorts of demands,” he added.
Donaire then called the Cuban boxer a “bully.” “I’ve dealt with bullies before, back when I was still a kid,” he said.
Donaire is also convinced that a bout against Rigondeaux, a noted counter-puncher, will not provide fight fans with any fireworks.
“I think it will be a boring fight, like when I fought (Omar) Narvaez. He’ll just stay away and run,” he said.
Instead of Rigondeaux, Donaire is set to battle Mexican brawler Jorge Arce on December 15. If he is successful against Arce, Donaire is hoping to face unbeaten fighter Abner Mares next.
“More than anybody, I’d like to fight Mares. But he’s with Golden Boy and I’m promoted by Top Rank. There’s a wall blocking the fight because we’re promoted by different groups,” he said.
Although a fight against Donaire is out of the picture for now, Rigondeaux is keeping busy. He is set to fight in the undercard of the Donaire-Arce fight card in December 15 and will reportedly face Filipino contender Drian “Gintong Kamao” Francisco.