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Arum wants to match Donaire against Rigondeaux and then Mares

Abner Mares Guillermo Rigondeaux Nonito Donaire Bob Arum Donaire vs. Rigondeaux Donaire-RigondeauxBy Chris Williams: Golden Boy Promotions and WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KO’s) are going to have to put a sock in it for a little while because Top Rank promoter Bob Arum already has a nice little in house Top Rank fight he wants to set up for his fighter WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KO’s) after he destroys little Jorge Arce (61-6-2, 46 KO’s) next month on December 15th.


After Donaire obliterates the fading Arce, Arum wants to match Donaire up against another one of his Top Rank stable fighters in WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux next year.

Arum told esnewsreporting.com that Mares is supposed to have a mandatory coming up for his World Boxing Council 122 pound title, so he won’t be available to fight Donaire. Arum also said he wants to keep Donaire busy by matching hi against Rigondeaux as long as Donaire can get by Arce.


Donaire obviously will beat Arce no problem and then move on to the Rigondeaux fight unless Arum matches Donaire up instead with former super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares, who has been mentioned as a fighter that Donaire will be fighting after the Arce mismatch.

I’d be really surprised if Arum makes the Donaire-Rigondeaux fight next, even though it’s a no-brainer fight because it’s another Top Rank in house fight. However, it’s a dangerous fight because Donaire could lose it and get exposed. That’s a bad thing for Arum if that happens because Donaire is a money fighter with a large Filipino following in the United States, whereas Rigondeaux is just a really good fighter but without a big fan base. If Donaire gets whipped by Rigondeaux it’ll be a big hit against Donaire’s popularity among boxing fans because many of them will see him as someone that was over-hyped and who mainly was successful because he was matched against so many smaller fighters.

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Mares just finished beating Anselmo Moreno in an ugly fight last Saturday night. Mares got away with a lot of low blows and a knockout that shouldn’t have been ruled a knockdown. Mares called out Donaire after the fight.

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