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Donaire: Montiel, Mares Are Tougher Than Rigondeaux

By Edward Chaykovsky

WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20KOs) believes Mexico's Fernando Montiel is a tougher opponent than WBA 122-pound king Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8KOs). Donaire knocked out in two rounds in their 2011 unification match. He faces Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medal winner and regarded as one of the best amateur fighters in history, in a unification on April 13th in New York City. Donaire also says Abner Mares, now at featherweight, is a tougher foe as well.

"He has a lot of amateur experience, but amateur experiance is different from professional fights. I think Montiel is a much tougher fight. There are a lot of guys out there. I think [Abner] Mares is a tougher fight, but again it's depends on how he comes into the fight. I can't say how he will be, but only inside that ring we'll find out," Donaire told ESPN.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RumirNemo on 04-08-2013

... Rigondeaux had said that "A Barking Dog Does Not Bite".... such that I've commented that "indeed, a barking dog does not but bite... thereby Rigondeaux should stopped barking'....However, to my amazement' here comes Donaire with a pronouncements that"Montiel, Mares…

Comment by theocdog on 04-07-2013

[QUOTE=DannYankee09;13220296]Yes get coc[B]ky[/B], think is gonna be easy, next thing you know Nonito pissing blood the rest of he's life .[/QUOTE] The rest of his life? Whoa! A little harsh...

Comment by Light_Speed on 04-07-2013

Rigondeaux is a tougher fight than Mares stylewise. I don't think he is as dangerous as Montiel was though.

Comment by richardt on 04-07-2013

[QUOTE=royjonesjrKTFO;13221585]Nonito just trying to downplay like Floyd did to Pacquiao. He's worried as hell, folks.[/QUOTE]No he is not. You belong with the group of people who said Donaire was afraid of Rigo and wasn't going to sign to fight him.

Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 04-07-2013

Nonito just trying to downplay like Floyd did to Pacquiao. He's worried as hell, folks.

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