MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten Mexican fight Abner Mares called out world super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire after outpointing Anselmo Moreno to retain his World Boxing Council belt Saturday in Los Angeles (Sunday in Manila).
Mares (25-0-1) won an eventful bout against Moreno, with all judges giving the Mexican the fight, 116-110, 116-110 and 120-106.
Moreno was knocked down in the fifth round, but managed to last the distance thanks to some slick boxing and movement. Mares was able to land the more telling blows, however, despite connecting on only 23% of his punches.
Afterward, Mares called out Donaire, the World Boxing Organization champion who also holds the RING Magazine’s super bantamweight belt.
“I want Donaire next,” Mares said, as quoted by RingTV. “I want to keep fighting the best out there.”
Donaire has also said that he is wants to fight Mares, but admitted that the fight is unlikely.
“He’s with Golden Boy and I’m promoted by Top Rank. There’a wall blocking the fight because we’re promoted by different groups,” Donaire said.
But according to Mares, Golden Boy is willing to work with Top Rank in order to make the fight happen.
“On our side, we’re willing. (Golden Boy president) Oscar De La Hoya said he’ll walk to Las Vegas and knock on (Top Rank chief executive) Bob Arum’s door to get the fight made,” Mares said.
Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer told RingTV that they want to get the fight done.
“Having a dialogue is the main thing. I don’t think negotiating through the press is the way to go, but we’re prepared to go that route, too,” he said.