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 Last update:  1/29/2013       Read more by Ryan Maquinana         
   
Team Rigondeaux: ‘Top Rank Cannot Violate its Word”
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By Ryan Maquiñana

Gary Hyde, the manager of junior featherweight titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux, informed BoxingScene.com that his client is first in line to face the reigning king of the division, Nonito Donaire.

Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) has been the frontrunner to land the Apr. 13 bout, but fellow 122-pound titlist Abner Mares and his team have made their case to face Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs).

This past weekend, Golden Boy, promoter of Mares (25-0, 13 KOs), sent a contract offer to Donaire’s handlers for a sum of $3 million.  BoxingScene.com obtained a copy of the contract and posted it online earlier on Tuesday .

However, both Donaire and Rigondeaux are promoted by Top Rank, which has had an acrimonious relationship with Golden Boy in recent years.  Moreover, Hyde asserts that Top Rank is contractually obligated to match the two fighters next.

Hyde’s statement is below:

“We have watched with amusement the shenanigans of the Mares camp, and suggest that anyone who believes the good faith of the offer should reconsider.

It is well known that Top Rank committed a Donaire bout to HBO in April.  It is well known that Mr. Rigondeaux has a multi-bout agreement with Top Rank which calls for a Donaire bout.

Top Rank cannot violate its word to Rigondeaux and we do not anticipate it would violate its word to HBO.

After April 13th Guillermo, as the victor in the bout, will be happy to fight Mr. Mares if the logistics can be worked out.  Until then, the grandstanding of Mares and his promoter should stop.”

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 rmaquinana@gmail.com , check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

Tags: Nonito Donaire , Guillermo Rigondeaux , Abner Mares , Donaire-Rigondeaux , Donaire vs. Rigondeaux


 

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comment by ddangerous, on 01-30-2013
[QUOTE=Uncle Rodge]Sooooooooooooooo....I'm guessing there are some non Cubans in this thread? No Matter, this is the sort of fight boxing needs. Here's to a healthy camp for both fighters. May the best man win.[/QUOTE] Good post. I am glad it is looking like Donaire/Rigo next. After...

comment by tredh, on 01-30-2013
That manager is out of F'ing mind!!!!

comment by Rolaz, on 01-30-2013
It would be much better if Rigo & Mares fights and the winner will going to fight Donaire. Donaire has 2 Belts, while Rigo and Mares has 1 each. If Rigo and Mares fights the winner will have 2 Belts like Donaire; So The winner vs Donaire will gonna be real Fight between 2 Champs with the winner h...

comment by LarryXXX, on 01-30-2013
Donaire will beat the sh1t out of Rigo and Mares and shut everyone on here the fuck up

comment by Ray*, on 01-30-2013
Am basically thanking GBP for this fight happening.

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