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Rigondeaux Rips Donaire, Top Rank Contract Almost Up

CORK, Ireland - A frustrated World Boxing Association ("WBA") Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo "El Chacal" Rigondeaux (10-0, 8 KOs), upon learning that Nonito Donaire plans to move up to the featherweight division after his next fight, has labeled Donaire, "The Filipino Phony."

"Donaire is running scared of any super bantamweights with power," Rigondeaux said from his Miami training camp. "He hasn't knocked out anybody at 122 pounds. One thing is for sure, though, he will get knocked out if he has the guts to fight me."

Rigondeaux trained at Wild Card Gym with one of his favorite fighters, Manny Pacquiao, who may be wondering at this point exactly why his fellow countryman, Donaire, doesn't fight Rigondeaux to determine the contemporary King of the Super Bantamweights.

"Manny fought the best fighters around when he was moving up through weight classes but this phony, Donaire, is disappointing fans all over the world, especially Filipino people, by running scared from the best fighter at 122 pounds," Rigondeaux continued. "I competed against more than 250 amateur boxers from every continent and none of those guys were paid to fight me. 'The Filipino Phony' will be paid a king's ransom to fight me, but he's scared enough to move up to 126 just to avoid fighting me. The problem he faces, though, is I will also move up to featherweight once I've cleaned out the super bantamweight division. What's he going to do then, move up to super featherweight?"

Arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all-time, Rigo is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, as well as a 7-time Cuban national champion who captured a pair of World Championship titles during his incredible amateur career.

"It's beyond belief that the so-called No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter in the world is scared to fight Rigo," Rigondeaux's manager Gary Hyde added. "There can be no doubt in anyone's mind that this is what's happening now with Donaire. When a member of our team, Paddy Cronan, approached Donaire at Rigo's June 9th fight to ask him if he would step-up to the plate and fight Rigondeaux, Donaire clearly indicated that he had no intention of fighting Rigo."

A lethal puncher, particularly to the body, Rigondeaux looked sensational in his most recent fight last month against Teon Kennedy (17-1-2), who was decked five times before the fight was mercifully stopped in the fifth round.

Rigondeaux, a savvy southpaw, is trained by Cuban coach Jorge Rubio and working with conditioning coach DJ Montanocordoba. Rigondeaux's promotional contract with Top Rank expires July 15 and discussions are ongoing with Hyde and Rigondeaux's team to determine what path to take from here on.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MurkaMan on 07-14-2012

[QUOTE=jamiegeorge91;12327057]Donaire gets butthurt when you mention rigondeaux on his facebook[/QUOTE] LOL, Really?...Man Donaire was getting worshiped, and he was the star of the division, and all of a sudden this guy comes along that will destroy his azz, and now…

Comment by MurkaMan on 07-14-2012

[QUOTE=HeroBando;12326318]Get this, Donaire is not even the first p4p guy Mathebula gave hell to. Caballero was the rings top 10 p4p, unified champ at 122, huge at the weight. Fighting at home, gets a hometown decision, much tougher time than…

Comment by lazarito52 on 07-13-2012

[QUOTE=HeroBando;12326336]So what you're saying is, chin is important in the pros, less so in the amateurs. Remind me, when has Rigo proven his in the pros? The one time he got hit clean (with a jab) he went down, and…

Comment by Cubanborn87 on 07-12-2012

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;12328323]So, again I ask: What is Rigo to do? He's between a rock and a hard place. Guillermo probably ought to stay put. The least he can do is make his contract short.[/QUOTE] rigo's only option is to re sign…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 07-12-2012

[QUOTE=4Corners;12328286]It's the SAME S**T with Lara too. After Rigondeaux beat Ramos, who was in the Top 10 at 122, Arum has matched him with Kennedy and Marroquin. Had he matched Rigondeaux with other Top 10 guys at 122 like Molitor,…

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