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Nonito Donaire vs. Orlando Salido not likely, bring on Rigondeaux

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Following the after math of Orlando Salido's second victory over Juan Manuel Lopez, the Mexican's name has been mentioned as a possible opponent for Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire.

This writer says that a bout between Salido and Donaire would heavly favor the larger Mexican pressure fighter, but I have been wrong before.

Regardless of my opinion, a bout seems highly unlikely.

The Latino Boxing Examiner was informed by a member of Salido's team that he is looking to move from featherweight to the super featherweight division limit of 130 pounds.

Donaire, who campaigns at 122 pounds, would have to jump up two weight classes to challenge Salido, complicating a fight between the Mexican and Filipino.

And for the record, Donaire still has unfinished business with fellow super bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Unfortunatley for fans of the sport, Top Rank - which promotes both Rigondeaux and Donaire, seems to be avoiding the fight. The "Filipino Flash" doesn't seem to be too interested in the bout either.

Salido has yet to solidified his next fight date, as he is not the darling of American boxing broadcast giants Home Box Office (HBO) and Showtime. As for Donaire, there are reports of both broadcast companies fighting for the broadcast rights to his next fight - whoever it might be against.

The squabble between cable companies, if true, is perplexing, as Donaire looked stale in recent decision victories against Wilfredo Vazquez Junior and Omar Navarez. Nonito seems to be living off the memory of a violent knock-out victory over Fernando Montiel in early 2011.

If either one of the networks is interested in televising a meaningful fight with Donaire, they would demand Top Rank give them Doanire vs. Rigondeaux. If Top Rank balked, they should then push for a fight with Donaire and another super bantamweight stand-out Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan. If both fights were denied, they should then tell Top Rank that there is no interest in brining Donaire onto their networks.

Too bad American boxing broadcasters act as if their dollars are meaningless to boxing promoters and have little power to wield, when in reality, their money keeps the sport viable in the United States.

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