Guillermo Rigondeaux was an interesting observer to Nonito Donaire’s victory this past Saturday over Toshiaki Nishioka. To say he was unimpressed with the ‘Filipino Flash’s’ performance is an understatement. “I could have beat both of them (Donaire and Nishioka) on the same night. He (Nishioka) just came here for a payday. What’s there to be impressed about? He knocked out a guy coming off a year long layoff in his 30’s, who’s only big win was against an old Rafael Marquez? What’s there to be impressed with Donaire’s run at 122 lbs? He fought a smaller Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Jeffrey Mathebula, both guys he couldn’t stop,” Rigondeaux stated.
Rigondeaux continued by saying, “All he has are excuses for not fighting me. He said it on national television when Max Kellerman asked him about fighting me. I’m not exciting and I have more to do? I’ve knocked out my last three of my last four opponents. In my 6th fight, I fought a guy with over 40 fights in Ricardo Cordoba. I beat a title holder (Rico Ramos) at 122 in my 8th fight while he won a vacant title. You could see on television he was scared and the whole world saw it. He says he wants all the belts but he doesn’t want to fight me?”
Rigondeaux has recently resigned with Top Rank and is still with his manager Gary Hyde. According to his members from his camp, Rigondeaux is paying too much for Hyde’s services. His advisor Eddy Marin says, “Guillermo is not only paying 25% to Gary Hyde but he’s also paying close to 10-15 % for his corner. You do the math, that 40% of his purse. Rigondeaux deserves the big fights and that’s why we resigned with Top Rank because they are going to get us the big fights. Bob Arum has done a wonderful job with Guillermo and people at Top Rank want to make Rigondeaux-Donaire. HBO loves Guillermo. The only person that doesn’t want to make that fight is Nonito.”
With another big fight happening at 122 in a few weeks between Abner Mares and Anselmo Moreno and the recent upset victory for Vic Darchinyan, Team Rigondeaux just wants a shot to prove Guillermo is elite in a big fight. “I just want to fight the best, whoever it is. I want to fight those who want to fight me. I’m just tired of the excuses from Donaire. He wants a belt at 122, I have one. He wants to fight someone over 30 again; well I am over 30, so let’s fight.”
According to Team Rigondeaux he is slated for a December return on either the Pacquiao-Marquez 4 bill or on the still empty December 15th HBO card, should there still be one.