By Steve Kim
The last time we saw Nonito Donaire, he lost his WBO super bantamweight title to Jessie Magdaleno on the night of November 5th on the Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas pay-per-view undercard at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
'The Filipino Flash' has spoken openly about wanting a rematch, but his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank has other ideas. Arum would like to match Donaire against WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (21-0, 19KOs), who is one of Top Rank's up and coming future stars.
"That's a great fight for Donaire and it's a fight that we look to make for the first three months of the year. It would be Donaire at 126 fighting against Oscar Valdez,"Arum told BoxingScene.com.
Valdez captured the WBO featherweight title over the summer by stopping Matias Rueda in two rounds and then made the first defense of that belt on the Pacquioa-Vargas card by halting Japanese challenger, Hiroshige Osawa, in seven.
Donaire is a former featherweight champion himself. He captured the WBA title by winning a technical decision over Simpiwe Vetyeka in May of 2014, but in his first defense - in October of the same year - he was knocked out when he went down swinging in the fifth round against the much larger Nicholas Walters, who not long after that fight went up to super featherweight - while Donaire dropped back to 122.
As for who would televise this potential match-up, Arum made it clear - "Nobody has to buy anything. We are fully capable of doing our own fights. If that fight appeals to HBO they'll buy it. If it doesn't appeal to them - they wont buy it. But that's a decision that a buyer always has to make. But whether they do buy it or don't buy it, that fight's going to happen.''
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.