REIGNING world super-bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr’s wish for a super-showdown with unbeaten Mexican Abner Mares may just be granted this year.
Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya recently tweeted in his account @oscardelahoya that he is willing to work with rival Top Rank Promotions in what he describes as going to be a huge year for boxing.
“The door is wide open, all they have to do is knock,” said De La Hoya in reply to a question on whether Golden Boy is open to a possible co-promotion with Top Rank of Bob Arum.
“Boxing will be huge in (2013).”
The existing competition between the two promotional boxing bodies is what hampers from making some of the biggest fights out there including the projected Donaire-Mares duel. Donaire belongs to Top Rank while Mares is with Golden Boy.
Donaire, holder of the World Boxing Organization version of the 122-lbs title belt, himself acknowledges this, even as he had Mares on top of his list among the fighters he wants to face in 2013.
“You know what that is, promotional problem is a major roadblock to that fight,” said Donaire in an examiner.com interview.
The `Filipino Flash’ went busy last year and fought four times, winning all of them, including a third round demolition of Mexican Jorge Arce.
Donaire said he wants to continue fighting all-year round and has zeroed in on Mares, the reigning World Boxing Council champion, for his next possible fight this March.
This developed as the 30-year-old Filipino bared that being named Boxer of the Year came as a big surprise for him.
“I just went on my own thing... Keep doing what I needed to which, is winning. I never expected to be Fighter of the Year,” Donaire humbly said. “There are a lot of great fights out there--- a lot of great fighters.”
“It was just incredible because being nominated is already an honor for me, so you could imagine how I feel winning it,” added Donaire who claimed his fight against technically hard-hittingToshiaki Nishioka was the hardest for him last year.