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Donaire hasn’t picked his next opponent, says manager

Nonito DonaireBy Chris Williams: Contrary to rumors that WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) will be facing WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) on April 27th, that fight may not be happening, according to Donaire’s manager Cameron Dunkin.


Dunkin says Donaire hasn’t made up his mind yet about whom he wants to fight next but he’s currently considering one of four possible opponents – Vic Darchinyan, Chris John, Rigondeaux and a fourth fighter that Dunkin isn’t naming.

Dunkin told Philboxing.com “There is Darchinyan, there is Rigondeaux, there is Chris John and there is actually one other now. I can’t talk about him yet but there are four guys.”


The date of the fight will be either April 13th or April 27th, Dunkin said. The venue will be the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

With all so many choices for Donaire to pick from, I’d be very surprised if he chooses the most dangerous one of the bunch Rigondeaux. He’s bypassed a fight with him thus far while saying that he doesn’t find his style interesting, so it’s highly likely that Donaire will skip Rigondeaux again. Look at the bunch.

Darchinyan has already been knocked out by Donaire in 2007, Chris John is considered a paper champion in the minds of some boxing fans and he has two controversial decisions over former fringe contender Rocky Juarez in additional to a HIGHLY questionable decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez in Indonesia.

It’s unclear who the fourth fighter is that Dunkin is talking about, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see that guy that guy get the fight with Donaire as well. I just don’t see Donaire fighting Rigondeaux, and that’s too bad because it would have been a good fight. That’s the only guy in the super bantamweight division that has a chance to beat Donaire.

I don’t know why Donaire would be interested in fighting Darchinyan again? Why fight him again when you already knocked him out? It doesn’t make sense. It’s not as if Darchinyan has been fighting well as of late.


Darchinyan has lost two out of his last three fights and three out of his last six. He’s definitely fading, but then again so has Donaire’s last two opponents Jorge Arce and Toshiaki Nishioka. The 37-year-old Darchinyan would fit in nicely with that bunch given that he’s really starting to show his age now.

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