Magdaleno turns down Donaire's request for rematch

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 16 2017 11:39 AM

Jessie Magdaleno lands a right to the head of opponent Nonito Donaire during their WBO junior featherweight championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen, Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – There will be no rematch between WBO super bantamweight champion Jessie Magdaleno and former title-holder Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire.

Donaire announced through his Facebook page on Thursday that the Magdaleno camp has declined their request for a rematch.

Magdaleno dethroned Donaire when they fought last November 5, winning a 12-round unanimous decision to stay unbeaten and become a world champion for the first time in his career.

Donaire was never convinced that Magdaleno did enough to win the fight, and on Thursday, he stressed that he "went after the rematch," adding that Magdaleno already agreed to a second fight in the immediate aftermath of their 12-round war last year.

"After sitting with Todd Debeouff and Top Rank lawyer Harrison and asking for the rematch against Magdaleno, I received a call from them stating what Todd, Harrison, Cameron and I all knew in the prior meeting," Donaire said.

"Magdaleno and his team would 'rather' choose someone else than fight me again," he revealed.

Donaire pointed out that a rematch with him will give Magdaleno "the biggest payday" in the division, but the Mexican-American fighter still declined.

"For whatever his excuse and reason, know I went after the rematch especially after he AGREED to it postfight in medical," Donaire stressed.

In the same Facebook post, the Filipino boxer expressed his admiration for fighters who offer immediate rematches to their challenger, naming compatriot Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, among others.

"They could have walked away with the title and fought 'easier' opponents, but they all wanted to prove their greatness," he said.

"I have constantly tried to create a legacy of my own. Through wins and losses, I have tried to give my fans the best fights," he added. "But I have to have a willing opponent who doesn't run from the opportunity to create great fights, fights worth watching."

The loss to Magdaleno was the fourth of Donaire's career against 37 victories.

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