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Rigondeaux's Manager Talks Future Options, Scores, More

By Rick Reeno

Gary Hyde, the manager of WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8KOs), is in full celebration mode. On Saturday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Rigondeaux won a twelve round unanimous decision over Nonito Donaire in a high-stakes HBO televised unification showdown. The scores were 114-113, 115-112 and 116-111.

Hyde, like some others, had Rigondeaux well ahead at the end.

"I thought the scores were too close. I had it 9-3. Maybe they scored a few rounds for Donaire because he was coming forward, but I thought the scores were too close and I had it 9-3 for Rigondeaux," Hyde told BoxingScene.com.

There are plenty of options out there, although most of the big names have moved up to the featherweight division. Some of the names mentioned by Hyde include Vic Darchinyan, who recently signed with Rigondeaux's promoter Top Rank, the winner of this Saturday's fight between Victor Terrazas and Cristian Mijares - who battle for the vacant WBC super bantamweight title, and recently crowned IBF champion Jhonatan Romero.

"Rigondeaux is not going to move up to featherweight. He's been fighting at this weight for about twelve years and he doesn't have any problems with it. I don't see him going up [to 126-pounds]. Rigondeaux will not sit on the shelf. We are very confident that [Top Rank CEO] Bob Arum will get us the opponents and keep him active," Hyde said.

Because of the promotional cold war between Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions, Hyde realizes that opponents like Leo Santa Cruz or Abner Mares [should he come back to 122] will be difficult to secure.

One potential opponent, rising in the ranks, is overseas sensation Carl Frampton (16-0, 11KOs), who ironically shares the same "The Jackal" nickname as Rigondeaux. Because of Frampton's overseas star power, especially in Belfast, Hyde does not expect that fight to happen.

"I don't think it will happen. Frampton sells a lot of tickets over there. He can sell 9,000 tickets and I don't think he would come over [to the United States] for Rigondeaux," Hyde said.

Hyde expects Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medal winner and widely regarded as one the greatest amateur fighters in history, to continue making his mark in the pro ranks.

"I think he showed it all. He is a complete fighter. He boxed, he moved well, he punched. And when he saw Donaire was hurt [in the twelfth round], he went after him to finish. I am very proud of him," Hyde said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BendOver on 05-06-2013

[QUOTE=kamikaze_ero;13249805]Rigo started his pro career as superbatamweight in 2009(have been campaigning in this weight for 12 years) the same year when donaire was then and still campaigning at flyweight,,,,,Donaire worked his way up from division to division and beaten some…

Comment by Young Herschel on 05-06-2013

[QUOTE=retnuocllup;13252135]but none of those are big money fights[/QUOTE] HBO has just rejected Frampton accordiing to Gary Hyde so that leaves Quinn, Darchinyian and Terrezares maybe? I don't want Rigo to sit out all summer though. He should be able to…

Comment by KickAzz on 04-15-2013

[QUOTE=Paddymickey;13252017]First off Romero or Santa Cruz would be great fights for Rigo at 122. Quigg and Frampton are not ready but could be come early 2016. Terazzas is another.[/QUOTE] but none of those are big money fights

Comment by Paddymickey on 04-15-2013

First off Romero or Santa Cruz would be great fights for Rigo at 122. Quigg and Frampton are not ready but could be come early 2016. Terazzas is another.

Comment by *ANGRY CUBAN* on 04-15-2013

[QUOTE=Pacdbest;13251741]He should moved up after Darchinyan. when Pac ran out of game at 122, he hunts the big name at 126-130-140 & 147! Try it Rigo!! Let's see how good u are?[/QUOTE] Poor kid..you are hurt..

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