Donaire: Rigondeaux rematch 'needs to happen'
MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire wants a second crack at Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux, and believes that it is a fight that “needs to happen.”
Donaire, fresh off being named the 2012 Fighter of the Year, was thoroughly dominated by Rigondeaux when they fought in April 2012. The Filipino was able to send the Cuban to the canvas at one point in the 10th round, but other than that it was the Rigondeaux show.
“It’s a fight that needs to happen,” Donaire told the Los Angeles Times of a Rigondeaux rematch.
“I’m hoping to perform my best this time, but there’s still an old habit that I have. I want to brawl all the time. Before I became a world champion, I boxed, counter-punched, had leg movement,” he said. “I’ve got to shake off that brawling idea.”
Donaire acknowledged that he made several mistakes in the Rigondeaux fight which contributed in his subpar performance.
“It was like I was just walking without direction,” he admitted. “I hit a wall and kept walking instead of going left or going around.”
“I didn’t use the jab. I was relying on one thing – the left hook,” he added.
Donaire said he is taking steps to correct those mistakes.
“The mistake was motivation. It’s time to get better, correct that mistake,” he said. “We’re correcting it slowly, getting better all the time… We’re trying to correct that with combinations and intelligence.”
Before a rematch with Rigondeaux can happen, however, Donaire must first take care of another rematch – this time against Armenian Vic Darchinyan, whom he knocked out in 2007.
Donaire and Darchinyan face off in a featherweight showdown on November 10 in Texas.