Rigondeaux is Happy To Fight, Will Look For More Money

By Ryan Burton

Wynn Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas- WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux is thrilled to be able to defend his title on Saturday night against Roberto Marroquin. Boxingscene recently caught up with the two time Olympic gold medal winner who admitted that at times he didn't think the fight would push through.

"I kept training for the fight but at times I wasn't sure the fight would  happen. Thanks to God it is going to happen but at a few different times I thought I wasn't going to get to fight. Thankfully we got everything worked out," stated Rigondeaux.

The Cuban fighter is a free agent after this fight and was noncommittal when I asked him if he planned on resigning with his current promoter Top Rank.

"After this fight we are going to sit down and talk about it. They are paying me peanuts. I'm getting nothing for these fights. I need to get paid better and we are going to sort that out after the fight," Rigondeaux told BoxingScene.

Rigondeaux has chased big money fights against the top fighters in his division without success. He has campaigned for a showdown against WBO/IBF champion Nonito Donaire ever since the Filipino moved up to the bantamweight division. I asked Rigondeaux if he felt he was any closer to getting his dream fight.

"What do you think?" Said Rigondeaux directing the question back to me. "I will fight any of these guys. Any of them. You need to ask Nonito. I've always said I would fight him. He's never said he would fight me," Rigondeaux concluded.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 09-14-2012

[QUOTE=lazarito52;12511012]wahat rigo said " they are paying me tips ". anyway , he should get more . he is the best 122 in the world , a legeng in the amateur and a interim champ in his 7 fight ,…

Comment by lazarito52 on 09-14-2012

wahat rigo said " they are paying me tips ". anyway , he should get more . he is the best 122 in the world , a legeng in the amateur and a interim champ in his 7 fight ,…

Comment by danceswithfire on 09-14-2012

good, like watching him too and i like bashing him only coz he gets way overrated on these boards

Comment by ddangerous on 09-14-2012

Rigo's popularity is growing very fast due to the excitement he brings to the ring. Plus, he is a title holder. He justly deserves a name opponent and more money at this point IMO.

Comment by IIG on 09-14-2012

I'm glad to see him back in the ring. I fully believe he is a top 5 P4P talent, but unfortunately he can't get the fights to prove that. I'm personally happy to watch him fight anyone though.

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