Mares believes he and Donaire can 'save boxing'
MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxer Abner Mares believes a fight between him and fellow super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire can help mend the fence between rival promotional companies Golden Boy and Top Rank.
Mares is being promoted by Golden Boy, while Donaire is with Top Rank. The two companies are currently embroiled in a dispute, preventing cross-promotional fights.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Mares stressed that a fight between him and Donaire is “a very important fight in many ways.”
“On one hand, it’s a fight the public wants to see. On the other hand, it’s a fight that could save boxing and bring it back to where it was,” he said. “When fighters could face each other, regardless of what promotional company they’re with.”
“It’s a fight that could end the dispute between these two great promotional companies. This could be the beginning of big fights being made, and for boxing to be back in a big time,” Mares added.
“Let’s find a way to make it happen.”
Mares is optimistic that the Donaire fight will happen in the near future after executives from both promotional companies expressed interest in the bout.
“We’ve seen (Golden Boy president) Oscar (De La Hoya) and (chief executive) Richard Schafer talk about the possibility. (Top Rank CEO) Bob Arum has said that it’s a fight that has to be made,” he said.
“I’m just hoping and praying it happens,” he added.
Donaire has also expressed his desire to fight Mares, though the “Filipino Flash” acknowledged that it will be difficult given the cold war between Top Rank and Golden Boy.
Mares has a record of 24 wins with one draw, and is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Anselmo Moreno last November 10. Donaire, meanwhile, will fight Mexican brawler Jorge Arce on December 15.