Golden Boy still going ahead with Donaire’s next fight on 5/28
By Eric Thomas: Even with the threat of an impending legal battle with Top Rank promotions looming, Golden Boy Promotions, the new promotional company for WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KO’s), are busy working hard looking to find a suitable opponent for Donaire’s next fight on May 28th. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he still has a valid contract with Donaire, according to Ringtv.
Arum plans on fighting it out in court and has one of the best lawyers in the business on his side with Daniel Petrocelli on the Top Rank side to argue the case. In an article at the Bulletin, Arum said “Unless he [Donaire] comes back to us, he won’t have a fight. The only fight he is going to have is with his wife, Rachel.”
Donaire is coming off of one of his best wins of his 10-year career with his 2nd round TKO win over WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel last February. It was thought that Donaire would stay with Top Rank, who were talking of putting him in with WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno and making Donaire a rich fighter. However, Donaire suddenly signed with Golden Boy Promotions and now Top Rank are looking to get him back.
Arum is reportedly looking for an arbitration hearing on the Donaire matter, with the judge being Daniel Weinstein, the same judge that settled Top Rank’s previous contract dispute with Manny Pacquiao in the past.