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Team Rigondeaux Respond To Larry Merchant's Comments

By Reynaldo Sanchez

Boris Arencibia, the CEO of Caribe Promotions, was offended by a recent interview on BoxingScene.com with HBO analyst Larry Merchant, who made critical comments pertaining to undefeated WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux. According to Merchant, there is no reason for WBO champion Nonito "Filipino Flash" Donaire to accept a challenge from Rigondeaux at this moment in time. Merchant says the Cuban is not popular enough to demand a fight with Donaire.

Arencibia, who assists in the handling of Rigondeaux's career, said the following - “Larry Merchant is an boxing analyst, I don't understand how he can say that Guillermo is not known well known enough for a fight against Donaire, and how he can say this isn’t what the boxing fans want to see in the ring. Rigondeaux is the super bantamweight champion of the WBA and not only that - he is a former two time Olympic gold medalist and also an ex- amateur world champion. Perhaps nobody knew who Oscar De La Hoya was when he made his professional debut after winning gold in Barcelona?"

In spite of Merhcant's comments, Arencibia said - “my fighter, the current world champion at 122 pounds - “The Jackal” Rigondeaux - is ready to face the best in his division and for that reason we are unable to stop mentioning the name of Nonito Donaire”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 02-12-2012

[QUOTE=537Bwouaye;11774614]It was in the most recent ESPN's "Golpe a Golpe"! I don't know if they keep footage of the shows in their website...? EDIT: Also, both reporters said they had Rigondeaux as their favorite as well.[/QUOTE] I couldn't find the…

Comment by 537Bwouaye on 02-12-2012

It was in the most recent ESPN's "Golpe a Golpe"! I don't know if they keep footage of the shows in their website...? EDIT: Also, both reporters said they had Rigondeaux as their favorite as well.

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 02-12-2012

[QUOTE=537Bwouaye;11774373]From what I've read and watched, most known writers and boxers who've talked about this fight, favor Rigo by a large margin, [B][U]including JMM, a real P4P, who was interviewed about this like 3 days ago.[/U][/B][/QUOTE] Where did Marquez make…

Comment by 537Bwouaye on 02-12-2012

It's funny how some people here don't understand the business. Stop dreaming, it won't happen. The truth is, like it or not, Donaire is the one not ready for Rigo and he'll never be. Knowing that, Arum, who's betting and…

Comment by TheSurgeonMDMPH on 02-12-2012

[QUOTE=bluetuazon;11774218]this^^^^^^ rigo is a very good boxer and his time will come...he just has to fight whoever is infront of him for now...and his time will come...no need to rush things...[/QUOTE] Its funny that this post came right after this…

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