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Arum Eyes Donaire-Juanma, Martinez-Garcia Double

By "Mr. Boxing" Giancarlo Oquendo

As first revealed by veteran reporter Jose Sanchez, Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is very interested in staging a September HBO televised doubleheader from Puerto Rico. In the main event, Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) would face Juan Manuel Lopez (32-2, 29 KOs), and the co-feature would have WBO super featherweight champion Rocky "Roman" Martinez (27-1-2, 16KOs) defending against Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26KOs).

In order for all of this to happen, Donaire would have to win Saturday's super bantamweight unification with Cuba's Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs). Also, Garcia would have to get past a June defense of his WBO featherweight title, which is likely going to come against Orlando Cruz.

Peter Rivera of Puerto Rico Best Boxing assured Arum that Juanma would be able to get down to 126-pounds for a fight with Donaire. If Donaire and Juanma collide, there is a possibility that the vacant WBO featherweight title will be at stake - if Garcia's title becomes vacant with his move to challenge for the 130-pound version of the belt.

"It would be a big event in Puerto Rico. We told Peter [Rivera] that's what we'd do if Donaire beats Rigondeaux, put him in against Juanma. If Mikey wins his fight in June, he would also be on the card in a fight against Martinez," Arum said. "Peter said Juanma should not have trouble making 126 pounds. He fights in Mexico on April 20 at 128 pounds, so it would be a matter of training and not gaining too much weight between fights."

Giancarlo Oquendo is TV boxing analyst for PRSN Network and the podcast "Boxeo Estelar Radio." Follow him on twitter @mrboxingtab.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 04-11-2013

[QUOTE=letsgobrady;13232603]mikey should fight juanm,martinez and gamboa that would be a great year for mikey[/QUOTE] I don't think he wants JuanMa, at one point I would've love to see that, I believe Mikey really wants Gamboa, he's already called him out…

Comment by letsgobrady on 04-11-2013

[QUOTE=PACnPBFsuck;13232591]Mikey beating Rocky at 130 then beating Gamboa this year, would definitely lock him in for Fighter of the Year.[/QUOTE] mikey should fight juanm,martinez and gamboa that would be a great year for mikey

Comment by 4Corners on 04-11-2013

[QUOTE=PACnPBFsuck;13232601]I believe that if Mikey gets past Rocky at 130, he will call him out again at 130 and 135. But this double header doesn't happen unless Donaire does his job on Saturday, can't wait.[/QUOTE] Well I think Donaire will…

Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 04-11-2013

[QUOTE=4Corners;13232595]After seeing how Gamboa looked against Farenas....I have full confidence Mikey stops him. Gamboa is going to 135 though it looks like.[/QUOTE] I believe that if Mikey gets past Rocky at 130, he will call him out again at 130…

Comment by 4Corners on 04-11-2013

[QUOTE=PACnPBFsuck;13232591]Mikey beating Rocky at 130 then beating Gamboa this year, would definitely lock him in for Fighter of the Year.[/QUOTE] After seeing how Gamboa looked against Farenas....I have full confidence Mikey stops him. Gamboa is going to 135 though it…

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