WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) has finally agreed to face WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) in a super-bantamweight unification bout on April 13. Rigondeaux is the real deal at 122, and if Donaire can beat him, then that really will make a statement for himself as being the best fighter at 122. A win over Rigondeaux means that there’s nothing more for Donaire to do at this weight class because the only other good fighter at this weight, Abner Mares, is moving up to featherweight. Donaire will need to do this if he wants to keep getting important fights.
It’ll be interesting to see if Donaire is courageous enough to take on the top featherweights like Mikey Garcia, Orlando Salido, Daniel Ponce De Leoy, Jayson Velez and Mares. If he moves up and just fights Top Rank fighters, then he might as well just stay at 122 because it’ll be a waste if that’s all Donaire does at featherweight.
Rigondeaux expressed confidence in his match-up with Donaire, who is coming off a banner year having been named 2012 Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America and some media organizations like ESPN and Yahoo! Sports. Diehard fans are dying in anticipation just to buy Donaire vs Rigondeaux Tickets. The two boxing superstars are the biggest crowd drawers in the sport. Boxing fans from around the world will finally be able to see Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux get in the ring together.