Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is reportedly bound to face Guillermo Rigondeaux on April 27, but a latest push from Golden Boy Promotions could make him end up facing Abner Mares instead of the two-time Olympic gold medalist.
The Donaire-Mares has been left hanging in the balance due to the differences between GBP that promotes Mares and Top Rank Promotions, which handles Donaire. However, Golden Boy Promotions recently released a statement, saying that they are willing to offer $3 million to make the fight happen.
“I think both fighters, Abner Mares and Nonito Donaire, deserve to make the most money in this fight. And I am willing to put up an offer, to Bob Arum, to provide the services of Nonito Donaire,” Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said. “I am willing to offer them $3 million dollars. I will pay Top Rank $3 million dollars.”
Schaefer added that they have already drafted and sent the contract to Top Rank’s legal counsel on Friday. However, Donaire said that they have not received any offer from GBP, saying that Schaefer was lying about the proposed contract.
Donaire strongly posted on his Twitter account: “Top Rank chair Bob Arum ain’t even in country, so send Dunkin the signed proposal. Otherwise this is all just twitter BS. We all know fights aren’t done on Twitter but on a legally binding proposal”
When informed about Donaire’s Twitter tirade against Golden Boy Promotions, the reigning World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Mares said: “Believe me you will be receiving it soon. And I just hope that when you do, you sign it.”
Donaire, who was the consensus 2012 Fighter of the Year, is also being liked with Rigondeaux with reports saying that a fight has been arranged on April 27, which will put the Filipino’s World Boxing Organization super bantamweight title and the Cuban’s World Boxing Association super bantamweight title on the line.
Rigondeaux is aware of the reported backdoor negotiation between GBP and Top Rank for a possible Donaire vs Mares showdown, but the undefeated 32-year-old champion said that he will continue preparing for his possible fight against the two-division Filipino boxing icon.