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Donaire: I Did Enough To Win, At The Very Least a Draw

By Dennis "dSource" Guillermo

Former three division world champion Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20KOs) was surprised that he didn't get a decision victory last Saturday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8KOs) unified the WBA/WBO super bantamweight titles with scores of 114-113, 115-112 and 116-111. Donaire felt he should have won a close decision or at the very least the fight should have been scored a draw.

The 'Filipino Flash" will now get surgery to repair some tendon damage in his right shoulder, and he plans to stay away from boxing for a few months in order to spend time with his wife and their newborn son.

"I wanted to pressure him, but the problem is I didn't [step on the] pedal in the last two rounds. I thought I did enough to win this fight. But again, the decision was from the judges. At least it should have been a draw. If nobody had to win that fight it should have been a draw, but if somebody had to win that fight it should have been me because I made that fight happen. I don't want to be a sore loser because he was an excellent fighter, but he didn't want to engage. That was the problem, he didn't want to engage," Donaire said.

"I thought I could catch him with one punch and fell in love with that. I thought I could catch him but that was....it is what it is. You just have to go back to the drawing board."

"I wanted to go in there [and go after him in the last round] but he caught me with that punch [that damaged my right eye]. In those first few seconds I was sleeping in there and he caught me with it. That was stupid on my part. I think that if I didn't do that [and get caught with that punch] I think I probably would have won that fight." 

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 alembic on 04-17-2013

[QUOTE=!! Shawn;13257154]The old belief for southpaws is its always a strugle with each guy trying to get their lead foot on the outside. Rigo switches it up, he plays an inside foot game for defense so that step into your…

Comment by Evol on 04-17-2013

Sorry donaire but u lost that fight. It was a boring fight but u lost.

Comment by manueltf on 04-17-2013

NO-NO-NOnito, your loss was against a boxing master, nothing bad about that. Rigo is not Arce or Nishioka, he won every fight in last 12 years, and by the way won 2 olympic games, 2 amateur world championships, 12 pro…

Comment by Sweet Pea 50 on 04-16-2013

[IMG]http://i.lv3.hbo.com/assets/images/sports/boxing/fights/2013-04-13-donaire-vs-rigondeaux/slideshows/fight-action-11-1024.jpg[/IMG]

Comment by !! Shawn on 04-16-2013

[QUOTE=NearHypnos;13256312]Yeah as soon as Rigo got hit in the first and landed a left right back that made Donaire stumble Donaire immediately started posing trying to feint him out as opposed to just attacking. Rigo's performance was one of the…

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