MANILA, Philippines – Filipino champion Nonito Donaire Jr. said that if the Abner Mares fight doesn’t materialize, he may be forced to take on Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Donaire, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight king, said a unification title fight with unbeaten and experienced World Boxing Council (WBC) champion Mares looks more attractive.
However, the Filipino admitted that the fight would be hard to arrange because he is under Top Rank Inc. while Mares is connected with rival promotional outfit, Golden Boy Promotions.
What would be easier to set up is a unification battle with World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Rigondeaux, who also fights under Top Rank.
Rigondeaux, who won the WBA strap after only 11 professional fights, has repeatedly been calling out Donaire.
The Filipino boxer said that if there are no other fights left, he’ll take the opportunity to shut Rigondeaux up.
“If I’m going for the titles next year then Rigondeaux would be one of the guys, maybe to shut them up,” he told Boxing Scene’s Ronnie Nathanielsz.
But if Rigondeaux plays hard to get in terms of fight purses, Donaire said he’ll head straight to the featherweight division where more interesting fights await him.
"The Filipino Flash" is coming off a spectacular victory over Mexican star Jorge Arce, whom he crushed in three rounds.