Abner Mares wants Nonito Donaire but says "Politics between Golden Boy and Top Rank, it’s not right"
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (Nov 6, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Steve Kim)
Abner Mares
If there is a fight boxing fans would like to see in the super bantamweight class, it would be Abner Mares versus Nonito Donaire. Of course, the problem is Mares is promoted by Golden Boy and Donaire is with Top Rank, making this discussion a non-starter for now. And it frustrates Mares to no end.
“I can’t lie; this is my sport. I love it. But at the same time, it’s a business. It’s a business; I provide for my family with this job and, again, the fight I’ve been waiting for has not yet come because of the politics between Golden Boy and Top Rank and it’s not right,” said Mares. “It’s not right for us as fighters. We fall victim to their thing and it’s sad. It comes to frustration on my side but, again, I got this tough fight ahead of me and I took it with my arms open and just move on. Hopefully we win this fight and keep on moving forward.”
His manager, Frank Espinoza says that should Mares down Anselmo Moreno this coming Saturday on Showtime 10 p.m., ET, (which is certainly no guarantee), “We don’t want any other fight. He’s proven everything he’s had to prove and the only fight we want, the fans want, everybody else wants is just Donaire.”
No, ifs, ands or buts about it.
“This is the time. Like I said, we fought everybody; we only want to fight the best and Donaire is the best,” said Espinoza. “It’s the only fight we’d be looking at. It’s the only fight we’d want.”

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