Rigondeaux: Donaire a 'Filipino Phony'
MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux again called out Filipino boxer and unified super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire, calling him "The Filipino Phony."
Donaire, whose nickname is "The Filipino Flash," recently unified the IBF and WBO super bantamweight belts and revealed he wants to win one more alphabet belt before going up to the featherweight division.
It is likely that Donaire will fight Mexican brawler Jorge Arce or Japanese legend Toshiaki Nishioka, which irked the Cuban boxer.
"Donaire is running scared of any super bantamweights with power. He hasn't knocked out anybody at 122-pounds," Rigondeaux told Boxing Scene.
Rigondeaux, who holds the WBA 122-pound belt, has long been asking for a shot against Donaire. "The Filipino Flash" has not ruled out a fight against the Cuban, though that is looking more and more unlikely.
"One thing is for sure," Rigondeaux said. "He will get knocked out if he has the guts to fight me."
The Cuban compared Donaire to Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, who also won championships at the super bantamweight division.
"Manny fought the best fighters around when he was moving up through weight classes, but this phony, Donaire, is disappointing fans all over the world, especially Filipino people, by running scared from the best fighter at 122-pounds," Rigondeaux said.
"I competed against more than 250 amateur boxers from every continent, and none of those guys were paid to fight me. 'The Filipino Phony' will be paid a king's ransom to fight me, but he's scared enough to move up to 126 just to avoid fighting me," he added.
Rigondeaux is one of the most decorated amateur boxers in history, winning gold medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. He has won all ten of his professional fights, with eight victories coming by knockout.
The Cuban boxer said he is willing to move up to the featherweight division as well, if that is what Donaire will do.
"What's he going to do then, move up to super featherweight?" Rigondeaux said.
Rigondeaux's manager, Gary Hyde, claimed that they have challenged Donaire to fight their boxer, but the Filipino declined.
"When a member of our team, Paddy Cronan, approached Donaire at Rigo's June 9th fight to ask him if he would step up tot he plate and fight Rigondeaux, Donaire clearly indicated that he had no intention of fighting Rigo," Hyde said.
Hyde added that it was "beyond belief" that Donaire, one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, is "scared to fight Rigo."
"There can be no doubt in anyone's mind that this is what’s happening now with Donaire," he said.