Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Nonito Donaire - Rigo is not Abner Mares, but an acceptable replacement - Article by Steve Kim - On Doghouse Boxing

Will the Train Leave Rigondeaux Behind?
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (Feb 7, 2013) Doghouse Boxing
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Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux
The plan is for Nonito Donaire to face Guillermo Rigondeaux on April the 13th, most likely in New York. While it's not a fight against Abner Mares, it's an acceptable replacement for the “Filipino Flash” - according to many fans - and actually a more difficult bout. While the Cuban southpaw may not bring the fan base or the marketability of Mares, he is considered a more skilled boxer, one who could trouble Donaire.
 
You could make a strong argument that this would be the most daunting challenge for either boxer thus far in their professional careers.
 
There's just one problem, however.
 
“They're having problems on their side,” said Cameron Dunkin, who manages Donaire, on Wednesday afternoon. “Our side is fine and I'm going to talk to Todd [duBoef] about it in a few minutes.”
 
Both Dunkin and duBoef, President of Top Rank, which handles both fighters, were in Los Angeles for a press conference to officially announce the March 16th bout between Tim Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov. DuBoef told Maxboxing, “We always know that the Rigondeaux saga...there's always issues. He has a manager, a co-promoter; he has things and he's all over the place. So as far as I'm concerned, he should be very grateful and he should be blessed to get a fight with Nonito Donaire, the ‘Fighter of the Year,’ and to take on that challenge.”

Rigondeaux is set to receive $750,000 on his end. While that sounds lucrative on the surface, the real issue, according to sources, is that Caribe Promotions and Gary Hyde will take a significant piece of that pie. Then he still has to pay his trainer and whoever else’s hands are in his pocket.
 
But there is another way to look at this. Let's say Rigondeaux ends up with just a third of that number at the end of the day. That's still a quarter of a million dollars to a fighter who isn't an attraction or a ticket seller (to put it mildly). Last year, when he headlined against Rico Ramos in Las Vegas, Rigondeaux sold less than 500 tickets. You could make an argument that even at that figure, he is getting more than his actual market value. And there's this reality: he may never get this crack at Donaire again. It's no real secret that Dunkin prefers another fight and it wouldn't be a shock to anyone if Donaire ends up moving up to featherweight after this date in April (possibly against Vic Darchinyan, which may or may not be green-lighted by HBO).
 
So will Rigondeaux bite the financial bullet and take his shot at greatness?
 
“If he doesn't,” said duBoef, whose company has never made Rigondeaux a real priority, “I feel sorry for him because the train may leave the station and he may be out there.”
 
With nowhere to go.
 
SIGNING DAY FLURRIES
 
DuBoef says he is sick and tired of reading and hearing about how Top Rank won’t work with other promoters. And he gave examples - like Banner Promotions, which has Provodnikov - of them doing so, which is true. The problem is they don't do anything with Golden Boy Promotions (and vice-versa).....Johnathon Banks has pulled out of his February 16th rematch versus Seth Mitchell after injuring his thumb in sparring. Seriously, this is becoming an epidemic...Puerto Rican Olympian Felix Verdejo will return to the ring March 23rd on a “Solo Boxeo” card on the Island...Uh, anyone see this “Facelube” commercial with Victor Ortiz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIrQCN-OTDM)? Yeah, not exactly “Mean” Joe Greene and his Coke ad; is it? [Editor’s note: …the hell?!]...Ole Miss certainly made a statement on National Letter of Intent Day...Can any of the Lakers’ big men stay healthy?...Miami couldn't land a much needed D-tackle but got a real playmaker in Stacy Coley, who I think could be the best incoming wide receiver this program has had since Andre Johnson…


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