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Abner Mares Confident: I Feel I Can Beat Nonito Donaire

By Dennis 'dSource' Guillermo

After his dominating performance against Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko in their rematch last weekend, undefeated IBF and WBC Silver bantamweight champion Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) has beaten just about every top bantamweight thrown his way.

Having faced the likes of Yohnny Perez, Vic Darchinyan and Joseph Agbeko twice, Mares has put together quite the resume these past couple of years.

One name that he has yet to face, however, is Nonito Donaire, Jr.

Considered as the best bantamweight fighter after snagging the WBO and WBC belts from Fernando Montiel last February, Mares still wants a shot to prove himself and feels that he can beat the Filipino-American slugger.

"I think it would be a great fight and it's something the boxing fans would want to see. I feel I can beat him," Mares told me when I asked him about fighting Donaire.
Perhaps a little bit slighted that he has fought all the best at the weight, Mares wants to establish that he truly is the best bantamweight inside boxing's squared circle. "Well, I entered the Showtime tournament thinking all the top guys would follow. But I would love to fight Donaire. He's a very good fighter and I want to be known as a guy that fights the best," Mares said.

Sadly, the politics of boxing will probably prevent these two talented fighters from facing each other in the ring. Mares is promoted by Golden Boy, while Donaire is with Top Rank, who has a plethora of opponents they can throw at him.

Donaire's next fight will be a move up to the 122 division to fight fellow Top Rank fighter and former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr.

Mares on the other hand, will take a little bit of time off to enjoy his accomplishments, before he resumes fighting and either holding the fort as the best bantamweight boxier in the world, or chase bigger fights at a higher weight.

"At this time, I'm going to enjoy my win. But I plan on sitting down and talking to my team and see if we will move up in weight or stay at 118lbs for a few more fights. I just want to continue to fight the best!" Mares said.

Dennis 'dSource' Guillermo is a prolific boxing writer. Follow him on Twitter , and for an archive of his work  click here . You e-mail him at  [email protected]
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by F l i c k e r on 12-09-2011

Darchinyan said the same. Montiel believed Nonito was ducking him. Both got ktfo.

Comment by LeadUppercut on 12-09-2011

[QUOTE=Bushbaby;11538065]In my opinion, [B]Mares has made a case for himself.[/B] While it's kool to consider Donaire the better fighter, the fact still remains that Mares has the resume to rival his at that weight class. I'm not saying Mares beats…

Comment by kiaba360 on 12-09-2011

Donaire via KO, I don't think Mares will see the final bell. He enjoys a good fight and Nonito will exploit that. I'd rather see Mares/Moreno first, and then the winner of that fight goes on to Donaire.

Comment by paulf on 12-09-2011

Mares is a good kid but should stay the **** away from Donaire.

Comment by Bushbaby on 12-09-2011

In my opinion, Mares has made a case for himself. While it's kool to consider Donaire the better fighter, the fact still remains that Mares has the resume to rival his at that weight class. I'm not saying Mares beats…

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