Rigondeaux: Win over Donaire is bigger than medals

Posted at 04/13/2013 1:45 AM | Updated as of 04/13/2013 1:45 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Cuba's Guillermo Rigondeaux said beating a high-caliber fighter like 4-division champion Nonito Donaire Jr. will be bigger than his achievements in the amateur ranks.

Rigondeaux said he wants to shed the amateur tag from his name by convincingly beating Donaire.

“Beating Nonito would be a great achievement and people will stop talking about me as an amateur. A win would be a bigger accomplishment than the gold medals," the Cuban counterpuncher said in Boxing Scene.

With over 350 amateur fights under his belt and 2 Olympic gold medals registered in his name, Rigondeaux is hailed as one of the best amateur boxers ever produced by Cuba.

He also won the WBA super bantamweight crown in his ninth fight as a professional.

However, he only has a total of 11 professional fights compared to Donaire’s 31-1 record.

"Obviously the public does not respect me because of the number of fights I have had. Nonito has three times the experience I have as a professional and that's why the public will choose him as their favorite," said Rigondeaux.

He said he plans to change the public perception by giving Donaire an aggressive fight.

"In this fight I will try to engage more than I have in the past," said Rigondeaux. "I want to give the fans what they want to see. Nonito is an aggressive boxer and I will be coming for him.”