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Donaire-Moreno: Arum is Waiting on a Date From HBO

By Chris Robinson

There are several reasons why Bob Arum's Top Rank promotional company is the top entity in the sport. Calculated planning, a shrewd business sense, and the ability to develop stars worldwide is a huge part of it but just like anything else, luck often comes into play.
 
Arum has been fortunate in recent years to have fighters who have risen to the occasion under the highest of pressure situations, the latest being newly-crowned WBC and WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire. Two weekends ago, the Fil-Am fighter produced one of the more breathtaking knockouts in recent memory when he stopped Los Mochis' Fernando Montiel inside of two rounds inside the Mandalay Bay.
 
When asked if he ever expected such a result, Arum still seems to be in disbelief when sharing his thoughts.
 
"No," Arum answered. "It was absolutely spectacular. That was one of the best punches I have ever seen in the whole time I have been in boxing. It's reminiscent of the punch with which Manny [Pacquiao] knocked out Ricky Hatton."
 
Donaire parted ways with promoter Gary Shaw nearly three years ago and was picked up by Arum, who saw something special in the fighter. Not just his abilities inside of the ring, but it was also Donaire's connection with his people back home that caught Arum's eye.
 
"Well I knew he was an excellent fighter and he had that win over Darchinyan," Arum continued. "But I had met him when I was over in the Philippines on Manny Pacquiao business. And I could see how he related to a lot of Filipinos. And I thought it would be a good move to sign him."
 
Coming off of the biggest win of his career, it looks as though Donaire is eager to capitalize on his momentum. Arum confirmed that he is looking at a May date for a matchup with WBA champion Anselmo Moreno in the Bay Area of California, Donaire's adopted hometown.
 
"That's what we are working on," noted Arum. "I'm waiting to get a date from HBO. I should get it today or tomorrow. Then we're actively looking for the proper venue in the Bay Area."
 
Given Donaire's tremendous talent and growing popularity in the sport, I couldn't help but ask Arum if he was positioning himself to one day take the torch from Pacquiao, who is revered within the Philippines. It may look great on the surface but Arum isn't in a rush to see it happen.
 
"Well I would hope that there's a good bit of time before Manny is ready to pass the torch."

Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. An archive of his work can be found here, and he can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Blue Heffner on 03-01-2011

[QUOTE=brick wall;10168959]yeah he's been hyping moreno for a long time now and he's close to saying donaire is ducking moreno:lol1:[/QUOTE] He wasn't hyping Moreno, the dude is legit. If he'll beat Donaire, I don't know, but I wouldn't be shocked…

Comment by MaD RoBoT on 03-01-2011

[QUOTE=ELPERRO;10171451]fack that.......Donaire vs the winner of Mares/Abeko....[/QUOTE] Mares/Agbeko is on April, it'll take months to get it done, plus Mares is GBP Fighting Moreno will make much sense & legacy for Donaire's resume

Comment by Ragnar Lothbrok on 02-28-2011

moreno is gonna get outclassed.

Comment by ELPERRO on 02-28-2011

fack that.......Donaire vs the winner of Mares/Abeko....

Comment by GRUSTLER on 02-28-2011

Of course Bob Arum is going to make this fight happen sooner than later because he don't want De La Hoya in the picture in regards to Moreno.

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