Arum confirms Donaire returning to NY


Posted at Dec 02 2011 09:40 PM | Updated as of Dec 03 2011 05:40 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing promoter Bob Arum has confirmed that wants Filipino-American boxer Nonito Donaire Jr. to fight in New York again.

"Yes, that's the plan," the Top Rank promotion's chief told’s Rich Mazon. "Maybe on March 3rd, rather than February because we are checking out dates."

Donaire’s most recent fight, a unanimous decision victory over Omar Narvaez of Argentina, also took place in New York at the Madison Square Garden.

Bernie Bahrmasel, who handles publicity for several Top Rank fighters, said Donaire likes the idea of returning to New York.

"He (Donaire) loved being here in New York City and the huge Filipino population really seems to take to Nonito," he said.

"I think it'll even be more so if he came back here and fought. Nonito is one of the greatest fighters in the world and is a terrific, terrific guy to work with," Bahrmasel added.

Arum said that among the possible opponents of Donaire is former world super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.

Vazquez is a son of Puerto Rican boxing legend Wilfredo Vazquez Sr.

Vazquez’s camp is just waiting for Arum’s approval to start the negotiations.

“We are waiting for their replies on this matter and we will immediately work out the terms of the fight,” said Felix "Tutico" Zabala, Vazquez’s promoter.