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 Last update:  1/26/2012       Read more by Ryan Burton            &
Nonito Donaire Would Consider Abner Mares, But at 122
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By Ryan Burton recently caught up to Nonito Donaire. The Filipino Flash returns to the ring on February 4th against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The fight is the HBO televised co-feature to the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr-Marco Antonio Rubio middleweight title clash.

When IBF bantamweight champion Abner Mares won Showtime's bantamweight tournament, fans immediately called for a fight between Mares and Donaire. With both fighters promotional companies (Top Rank and Golden Boy) involved in a cold war the fight so far has remained just a pipe dream.

Donaire said that if Mares is willing to move up to the super bantamweight division that he would have no problem facing the California based fighter.

"Mares isn't on my list but you can put him in there. I want to fight anyone that will give a good exciting fight. He is a good fighter and would put on a good fight. If the promoters can get together and make the fight then do it," said Donaire.

The Filipino fighter recently turned 29 years old. He said that he wants to continue his career as long as he can, provided that he stays healthy and as long as he continues to have the desire to continue training.

"I want to keep fighting as long as I have the desire to keep training and that I still have the desire to keep fighting. As long as it is fun and I am safe and it is healthy for me then I want to do it as long as I can," Donaire told

Donaire didn't dismiss the possibility of fighting well into his late 40's like Bernard Hopkins either. "As long as I have the desire and I can do it then why not? I might as well beat the young cats."

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Tags: Nonito Donaire , Abner Mares

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comment by ShadowShade, on 01-27-2012
[QUOTE=mumyoryu]By who? That was a close fight.[/QUOTE] By most people I've talked to about it. True, both won about half the rounds. Vic won about the first six, Abner the next six. But thats because Abner keep hitting him in the balls and he couldn't fight 100%.

comment by Ring Leader, on 01-27-2012
Fight Rigo........

comment by Bermuda, on 01-27-2012
"Mares isn't on my list but you can put him there."

comment by richardt, on 01-27-2012
[QUOTE=damit305] He might seem boring to "hardcore" fans such as yourself but in due time my friend you will be praising him as an elite.[/QUOTE]ONLY if he steps up and stops allowing for lulls in his fights, then I will.

comment by JSS, on 01-27-2012
[QUOTE=damit305][QUOTE=richardt] He might seem boring to "hardcore" fans such as yourself but in due time my friend you will be praising him as an elite.[/QUOTE] So when is he going to fight an elite fighter? So we can consider Rigo an elite fighter.

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