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Rigondeaux Re-Upped with Top Rank to Pursue Donaire

By Ryan Maquiñana

Junior featherweight titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux’s decision last weekend to remain with promoter Top Rank was partially motivated by the company's ability to make a bout with 122-pound king Nonito Donaire, according to the fighter’s manager, Gary Hyde.

“I am very happy with Top Rank's new deal for Rigondeaux and the promise of a fight against Donaire in the next three fights was definitely a major factor in signing with Top Rank,” the Ireland-based Hyde told BoxingScene.com via email.  “He is looking to get in the ring with Donaire and [Abner] Mares as soon as they are willing to fight him.”

In the last fight of his original contract with Top Rank, the 32-year-old Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) defeated Roberto Marroquin last month by unanimous decision.  By not renewing his deal, the two-time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba became a promotional free agent.

However, after entertaining an offer from rival Golden Boy, Rigondeaux re-signed a three-fight, 18-month extension with Top Rank and will now continue his pursuit of Donaire, who vanquished Toshiaki Nishioka last Saturday via ninth-round stoppage.

“I want it.  Does [Donaire] want the fight with me? Ask him,” Rigondeaux told this writer last month.  I obliged him and asked Donaire what he thought of a matchup with the Cuban star.

“Nishioka is the best, which is why it was my goal to fight him, but I’ve always been willing to fight Rigondeaux and [Abner] Mares,” Donaire said.  “If their names are on that contract, I’ll fight them.  I want the best out there, and if the people want it, let’s do it.”

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by junior gong on 10-17-2012

Off topic, but Rigo is one weird looking bloke.

Comment by BoZz on 10-17-2012

[QUOTE=daggum;12612349]rigo beat higher ranked fighters than vasquez, matheluba, and nishioka. did you want him to beat more bums? or maybe get ko'd by arce to land a shot at donaire. would that make you happy?[/QUOTE] Arce would school him..arce would…

Comment by daggum on 10-17-2012

[QUOTE=~BoZz~;12612126]rigo is a bum...just an average needy amateur..he doesnt deserve a shot..he should start fighting proper opposition and not bums.[/QUOTE] rigo beat higher ranked fighters than vasquez, matheluba, and nishioka. did you want him to beat more bums? or maybe…

Comment by daggum on 10-17-2012

[QUOTE=~BoZz~;12612318]To get to donaire he has to do something..fight someone legit..in his last fight he got rocked twice against a nobody..he won on decision.. The fight would bring nothing to donaire..[B]donaire worked his way up[/B]..he beat darchynian when darchy was…

Comment by BoZz on 10-17-2012

[QUOTE=garfios;12612210]So donaire is not proper opposition?[/QUOTE] To get to donaire he has to do something..fight someone legit..in his last fight he got rocked twice against a nobody..he won on decision.. The fight would bring nothing to donaire..donaire worked his way…

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