Super bantamweight boxer Nonito Donaire is one of the most exciting figures in the sport, at times.
A native son of the Philippines, Donaire has shined when facing his stiffest opposition – producing electrifying knock-out victories against Vic Darchinyan and Fernando Montiel. Against run of the mill challenges, notably Omar Navarez and Wilfredo Vazquez Junior in the last year, “The Filipino Flash” has don’t little to stir excitement.
Unfortunately for Donaire and fight fans, his promotional representation, Top Rank, seems to be interested in keeping him winning and less concerned with creating exciting match-ups for the 29 year old.
Next up for Donaire, Mexican retread Christian Mijares on July 14th at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
Mijares has resurrected his career, after losing three straight fights, by feasting on non-descript opposition in his last nine bouts.
To make matters worse, Donaire – Montiel will be buried as a preliminary fight on a pay per view event – ensuring only the most loyal fight fans will witness the match.
If Donaire was void of potential quality opposition, Mijares might be an acceptable opponent. Yet world class figures such as Guillermo Rigondeaux and Abner Mares stick out as names fans and pundits would like to see against Donaire.
Mares, after scoring a unanimous decision victory over Erik Morel Saturday night, called out Donaire. Rigondeaux has also challenged the Filipino in recent months. A promotional feud between Top Rank, and Golden Boy Promotions (Mares' representation) will make a bout between the pair unlikely in the foreseeable future.
Rigondeaux has also challenged the Filipino in recent months. Top Rank’s inability to make a Rigondeaux bout is harder to explain as the Cuban also fights for the promotional firm. In all reality Rigondeaux and Donaire could have clashed on July 14th.
Donaire’s skill set is exceptional, but he needs to be challenged in high profile match-ups, something Top Rank and his manager, Cameron Dunkin, should be chastised for not producing.