Donaire wants Mares, Rigondeaux next year

Posted at 12/16/2012 7:19 PM | Updated as of 12/17/2012 6:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines – World super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire had barely wrapped up an eventful 2012 campaign when he was asked about his plans for 2013.

Moments after Donaire sent Mexican Jorge Arce to retirement with a third-round technical knockout victory, he was asked about what his next fight will be.

“I want to get (Abner) Mares, and he’s calling me out,” Donaire said, as quoted by Boxing Scene. “But if that doesn’t happen, we always have Guillermo Rigondeaux next.”

Mares, the World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion, has been asking for a fight against Donaire for some time now and even cheered on “The Filipino Flash” against Arce.

“I’m Nonito’s biggest fan right now,” Mares said. “I hope Nonito wins and I’m sure he’ll win.”

A fight against Mares is unlikely as the Mexican is promoted by Golden Boy, while Donaire is under the Top Rank banner. But Donaire said he has already asked his promoters at Top Rank to work on a fight against Mares.

If a Mares fight does not materialize, Donaire will be willing to take on Rigondeaux, an Olympic gold medalist who is undefeated in 11 professional fights.

But at least one boxing analyst is hopeful that Donaire may move up in weight and challenge former champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba.

“Hopefully they’ll find a way to get him and Yuriorkis Gamboa on the ring, they can meet somewhere in the featherweight ranks,” said Inquirer columnist Francis Ochoa in an interview with ANC.

“It could be an interesting fight between two stylistic fighters,” he said.

Ochoa believes that with his victory over Arce, a lot of doors were opened for Donaire.

“This win over Arce opens a lot of possibilities for bigger fights for Donaire. He’s at this point in his career when he can choose the big fights,” he said.