Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire Jr. asked Jessie Magdaleno to honor his promise of giving him an immediate rematch following their super bantamweight title bout over the weekend.
Donaire, who is raring to go back to training, lost the WBO super bantamweight crown to Magdaleno after being outpointed by the younger Mexican-American in 12 rounds.
“It's Monday and back to the grind! Nothing but RESPECT to you (Magdaleno) but let's sign an immediate rematch,” the “Filipino Flash” wrote in his Facebook post.
According to Donaire, Magdaleno gave his word when they met while going through their post-fight medical examination.
“Like you said in the medical, I gave you a chance to win the belt, now I want it back,” he said.
Donaire said the only way to formalize the talk is to sign a contract, adding that he wants to make their rivalry similar to Manny Pacquiao’s legendary matches against Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera.
“We gave a great fight. And nothing but respect for what you brought to the fight but let's meet at Top Rank and tell Bob to get it done. It's time for us to do a Pacquiao/Marquez or Barrera/Morales trilogy for 122! This is what boxing is about! Game on?” he said.
Donaire earlier said Magdaleno didn’t do enough to deserve the WBO crown. “I know I won the fight. You were running, it didn’t appear that you beat me,” he told Dyan Castillejo after their bout.
Two of the judges saw it 116-112, while the third official had it 118-110. All of them favored Magdaleno.
For Donaire, the close scores show that it wasn’t a convincing victory for Magdaleno. “In order for you to be the champion, you can't make it a close fight,” he said.
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