Team Rigondeaux: ‘Top Rank Cannot Violate its Word”

By Ryan Maquiñana

Gary Hyde, the manager of junior featherweight titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux, informed 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. 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 during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for  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, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 01-30-2013

[QUOTE=Uncle Rodge;12971087]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…

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…

Comment by don larryx on 01-30-2013

Donaire will beat the sh1t out of Rigo and Mares and shut everyone on here the f[COLOR="Black"]uc[/COLOR]k up

Comment by Ray* on 01-30-2013

Am basically thanking GBP for this fight happening.

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