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Donaire: Arce Wants More Money Than He Deserves

By Dennis "dSource" Guillermo

WBO and Ring jr. featherweight king Nonito Donaire, Jr. expressed his frustrations regarding his potential December 15th opponent Jorge Arce, stating that the fight is likely not happening due to Arce's allegedly lofty financial demands.

"We already tried to ink the fight 5 or 6 times, but they keep on demanding everything. I have the belt and yet they're still demanding?" Donaire told our sports media partner Snow Badua of PTV Sports.

"Arce knows I'm going to his lair. They know that I'm fighting though I'm still injured. Yet they still don't want to get the fight done," Donaire added.

"I'm a pretty dangerous opponent. I have power. I can hurt him when I choose to. It's just that he wants to get paid. That's what he wants; he wants more than what he deserves."

Donaire feels that Arce is simply overpricing himself to avoid tangling with him, even after conceding all the advantages to the popular Mexican fighter.

"He can't ask for all this money if there's not even a lot of money that's going to be put in there," Donaire said regarding Arce.

Donaire emphasized that he has a minimum set for each of his fights with his promoters, which is why he doesn't need to bargain for a fight, and that his opponents need to lower their financial demands if they truly want to challenge him. Donaire's minimum with Top Rank is just a little below $800,000 per fight.

Asked if Arce simply wanted more money as a retirement insurance plan, Donaire laughed it off and replied, "somewhere along those lines."

Sure enough, this scribe feels that at this point of both fighters' careers, a Donaire-Arce bout is indeed negligible. Arce is past his prime, while Donaire is still peaking, on top of the fact that his style will be preyed upon by the lethal Bohol-born counter puncher. Donaire will be better off allowing his left fist to heal and aiming at either the winner of the Anselmo Moreno-Abner Mares clash in two weeks, or the skillful Cuban, Guillermo Rigondeaux.

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 royjonesjrKTFO on 10-27-2012

No choice but to go on a vacation. An idea stolen from Mayweather. Lol! Rigondeax VS. Vacation...Hmmm. Quack quack! Nonito knows Rigo is just as dangerous as him AND can punch with the ability to hurt him too. He's looking…

Comment by rey guey on 10-26-2012

[QUOTE=Walter White;12641788]Montiel was the most dangerous and by far the best at 118 (also #7 P4P atm) you dummy. The haters keep hating. If and when Donaire knocks out Rigo, you'll say that Donaire is too big (the main excuse…

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 10-26-2012

Bob Arum (via Ring) said that he's about to announce something for Dec 15. He didn't specify, but looks like they reached a deal. Steve Kim said Rigo will be in the undercard. This could setup a Donaire/Rigo fight if…

Comment by littlemac on 10-26-2012

Arce definitely using Donaire's ducking of Rigo as leverage. Besides, Arce is the bigger drawer anyway so Donaire's ducking is gana cost him especially cherry picking someone who is more popular then you.

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 10-26-2012

I don't know for sure who doesn't want to fight who but this fight is just a mismatch. No disrespect to the warrior Arce but he is going to be brutally KOed if he fights Donaire. Like I said, Donaire…

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