Donaire Takes a Pass on Proposal For Arce Bout

By Ryan Maquiñana

Unified junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire is turning down a potential Dec. 15 fight with Jorge Arce - based on the current terms being offered.  According to a reliable source within Team Donaire, the 122-pound king said “the deal was not sufficient for him to sacrifice fighting in the opponent’s territory” of Mexico City.

Following his ninth-round technical knockout of Toshiaki Nishioka two Saturdays ago, Donaire and his promoter Top Rank were in talks to make his next fight with Arce.

“We are working on it,” Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told Tuesday. “Hopefully we’ll be able to work things out by Wednesday or Thursday.”

However, it appears that those plans will be shelved for the time being.  The source also said that "upon hearing the proposal, Nonito extended his vacation in the Philippines."

After his fighter’s decision win over Jeffrey Mathebula in July, Donaire’s manager Cameron Dunkin told the media that he was targeting Arce; ultimately, both sides could not come to an agreement.

Instead, Donaire took on Japan's Nishioka, considered by many to be the top fighter in the division before tasting the canvas twice against the Filipino star en route to a corner retirement.

Since ascending to junior featherweight earlier this year, Donaire has annexed the WBO, IBF, and Ring Magazine titles in addition to the WBC Diamond belt in his three fights at the 122-pound limit.

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SnoopySmurf on 10-25-2012

[QUOTE=royjonesjrKTFO;12636045]C'mon Donaire, how many advantages do you need? He's already smaller, older, style favors you. At least give him some crowd energy. Oh wait, he's gonna go on vacation for Arce to age some more. Then, maybe, he'd consider fighting…

Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 10-24-2012

C'mon Donaire, how many advantages do you need? He's already smaller, older, style favors you. At least give him some crowd energy. Oh wait, he's gonna go on vacation for Arce to age some more. Then, maybe, he'd consider fighting…

Comment by Hougigo on 10-24-2012

I don't blame Donaire. Arce trying to make bank and get paid more than Donaire

Comment by julio101974 on 10-24-2012

why too much hype for a fight everybody knows the outcome? nonito wants to bully arce and don't pay for it. lol

Comment by kiaba360 on 10-24-2012

I still expect Donaire/Arce to happen, just not this year.

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