Originally Posted by Rolph Spicer
Let me ask you this: Where would u rank rigondeaux in the division after the outcome of mares/moreno?
Right now you'd be hard-pressed to rank him ahead of donaire after this nishioka win. Pretty self-explanatory, nishioka is far above anyone rigo has fought in the division.
Mares and moreno are also upper tier fighters, and whoever wins that fight would have a strong claim for the #2 spot, based on resume.
Other than "eye tests" and hyping his "potential" due to his vaunted amateur background, I don't see how there's a credible argument for him being the best at 122. He hasn't beaten anybody of note to claim as such.
Mares and Moreno haven't accomplished anything at 122, but I'm sure most will say that they are #2 behind Donaire because of their name-value alone. When ranking is treated like a popularity contest, then the "names" will be at the top, regardless if they've proved anything at the weight yet. Rigo has fought numerous times at SBW, why should the respective resumes of Mares/Moreno trump Rigo's campaign at 122? Moreno/Mares are two of the best at 118. Both wanted Donaire, so it only makes sense to fight at 122, right? All Mares did was fight Morel (at a catch-weight mind you), and he was automatically pushed up the SBW rankings.
That being said, it depends on who Rigo fights next. Rigo holds on to #2 if he fights Terrazas/Ndlovu/winner of Quigg/Munroe and ties for #2 if he fights Darchinyan/Frampton. Some will make the argument that he should on to #2 regardless if he fights, and some will argue otherwise.
WBC (the belt that Mares/Moreno are fighting for) isn't allowing unifications and both guys are GBP. As much as Donaire would prefer to not fight Rigo, he's being pushed in his direction.