MANILA, Philippines – World super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire wants to fight fellow world champion Abner Mares of Mexico next, but admits that it is unlikely to ever happen.
Since moving up to super bantamweight, Donaire has defeated Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., Jeffrey Mathebula and Toshiaki Nishioka in succession, and will next fight Mexican brawler Jorge Arce in December.
But in an interview with Joaquin Henson of The Philippine Star, Donaire revealed that the boxer he truly wants to face is Mares, the unbeaten Mexican who holds the World Boxing Council title.
“More than anybody, I’d like to fight Mares,” he said.
Donaire, however, noted that the bout is unlikely to happen since they are being handled by different promoters.
“He’s with Golden Boy and I’m promoted by Top Rank,” said Donaire. “There’s a wall blocking the fight because we’re promoted by different groups.”
Top Rank and Golden Boy are embroiled in a “cold war” of sorts, with neither company willing to pit its fighters against each other.
The impasse between the two promotional companies also contributed to the breakdown in negotiations between the camps of pound-for-pound kings Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
For Donaire, this is a shame, since a fight between him and Mares will be an exciting battle.
“I think if we get it on, it will be a great fight,” he said.
Mares is currently at No. 4 in The RING’s super bantamweight/junior featherweight ratings. Donaire holds The RING Magazine’s 122-pound title.
Donaire said he can still stay at the super bantamweight division for “as long as I want,” saying he has no problem making the weight limit.
“Maybe, I’ll in the super bantamweight division for another year,” he said.