Arum: Rigondeaux has been given an offer for Donaire fight
By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he’s given his fighter WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux an offer to fight WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire, and he should find out the final word by the end of the week whether Rigondeaux will except the offer, which is said to be $750,000.
Arum said to hustleboss.com “That will be decided by the end of the week. We have made an offer to Rigondeaux and we’re waiting to see if he accepts.”
There’s talk that Rigondeaux is being pulled from many different sides on the contract issue, and that’s been the reason for him hesitating signing.
Hopefully Rigondeaux agrees to take the fight because $750,000 is good money, even if it’s exactly that amount by the time he gets his portion.
If Rigondeaux can beat Donaire then it’ll set up a much bigger money rematch, and knowing how Arum likes to set up his fights in long lasting series, we could see Rigondeaux and Donaire fight between three and four times if Rigondeaux beats him.
I see the series going on only as long as Rigondeaux is winning. If Donaire wins the second fight, then I see that being the last time they fight.
Rigondeaux needs to take the fight with Donaire because it’ll likely be the last time he gets that fight offered to him. Rigondeaux doesn’t have the name that Abner Mares has going for him in the United States, and he’s not a big ticket seller as of yet.
Rigondeaux needs to face Donaire while he still can because if he says no now, we’ll likely see Donaire moving up to featherweight in the near future. There’s really no one else for Donaire to fight at 122 because he already beat the faded lions Toshiaki Nishioka and Jorge Arce last year.
Arum is talking about having Donaire fight a retread opponent Vic Darchinyan in a rematch for who knows why. I know how attract interest in that fight because Donaire already knocked Darchinyan out in the 5th round six years ago, and Darchinyan is getting up there in age at 37 now, and has lost two out of his last three fights. Instead of fighting Darchinyan, Donaire should be looking to fight the guys that beat Darchinyan. In other words, fight Anselmo Moreno or Shinsuke Yamanaka.