by Cliff Rold - Sometimes, talent isnít enough. To be a star in boxing today in the U.S. means getting network dates and being known. Itís not the same as stardom in a broad sense. Fair or unfair, despite chilling knockouts of the likes of Vic Darchinyan and Fernando Montiel, three-division champion and current World Jr. Featherweight Champion Nonito Donaire is still fairly anonymous outside the circle of fight fans.
In 2006, Floyd Mayweather began his crossover from boxing star to sports star with a shellacking of the late, and newly minted Hall of Famer, Arturo Gatti. Knowing fight folks saw the fight as a mismatch. Gatti fans made it a pay-per-view success.
While there isnít a commensurate draw to Gatti below Featherweight these days, Mexicoís Jorge Arce is the next best thing. One of the few genuine ticket sellers among lower weight classes over the last decade, Arce brings a name value to Donaire that could be critical in his expansion from the confines of hardcore admiration. Fighting in Houston, Arce will bring a rabid crowd of well-wishers and a blood and guts reputation. [Click Here To Read More