De La Hoya: The $3 mil offer to Donaire/Top Rank is legit for Mares fight
By Chris Williams: Oscar De La Hoya says that Golden Boy Promotions’ offer of $3 million to WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire and his promoters at Top Rank for a unification bout against WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares is totally legit.
The $3 million is for Donaire and Bob Arum of Top Rank to split among themselves depending on what percentage of a cut Top Rank takes out of Donaire’s purses when he fights.
De La Hoya said to thaboxingvoice.com “They [Donaire & Arum] can split it up the way they want to. I don’t know what type of deal they have with Bob Arum and Nonito. Maybe it’s a 60/40 deal, maybe it’s a 50/50 deal. I don’t care, but the $3 million is on the table. It’s $3 million for Bob Arum’s side. Even if it’s a 50/50 split [between Donaire and Arum], it’s still a career high payday [for Donaire].”
De La Hoya went on to say that the reason why he can get such huge paydays for both Donaire and Mares is because of the high number of big sponsors that Golden Boy Promotions has working with them.
De La Hoya seems to be willing to do anything to make the Donaire-Mares fight happen, and this huge offer seems to be a clear example of how far he’s willing to go to make it happen.
De La Hoya said he doubts Arum will come back with a counter of more or even equal money to what Golden Boy offered because he doesn’t think Arum has the sponsors to generate that kind of revenue to make an offer like that.
De La Hoya says he’s okay with it if Arum does come up with a better option because he just wants to make the fight, and he’s not concerned anything else but that.
It Arum says no to this deal, which De La Hoya says is without any strings attached, then you have to wonder what it would take for Arum to let his fighter Donaire fight Mares. I personally think Donaire will beat Mares, so it’s hard to see Arum saying no to this deal.
The fighter that I see beating Donaire is WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, but I don’t think Donaire will ever take the fight despite the fact that Arum seems eager to make it. The only way I see Rigondeaux getting the fight with Donaire is when Rigondeaux gets too old and starts to show signs of being over the hill. At that point, I see him getting the fight or at least having it offered to him.