IT was just a simple case of misunderstanding.
With unbeaten Guillermo Rigondeaux finally briefed and made to understand the drug-testing procedures to be done by Vada (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association), the scheduled Friday presser for his April 14 (Manila time) unification fight against Nonito Dinaire Jr. is expected to finally push through.
Donaire’s manager Cameron Dunkin already assured the 'Filipino Flash' that the two-time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba has already agreed to the drug-testing terms shortly after it was explained to him in Spanish.
“Soooo, Dunkin told me that Rigo will sign the Vada contract before the press conference,” Donaire tweeted on his account @filipinoflash.
Still, the reigning World Boxing Organization super-bantamweight champion said he won’t push through with the presser at the B.B King Blues Club & Grill on Times Square in New York City if his opponent does not make agree to undergo the rigid Vada procedure.
“If he doesn't, then the presser won't go forward,” added Donaire.
In a separate tweet, the 30-year-old Donaire said, “I’ll take the plane to New York and take my chances.”
The fight card was earlier put in jeopardy after Donaire threatened not to proceed to New York upon learning that Rigondeaux, the current holder of the World Boxing Association 122-lb. belt, is backing off from an agreement for both fighters to undergo Vada drug-testing procedures starting from training camp all the way to the day of the fight.
Donaire took to social networking site Twitter to air his apparent disgust at Rigondeaux’s camp.
“I am NOT going to NYC for the presser this Thursday (Friday Manila time) because Rigo is backing off his agreement to Vada drug testing,” declared Donaire.
“Rigo's team verbally agreed to Vada testing both online and in negotiations. But now that the contract to start testing is in front of them, they are finding every excuse not to sign and delay the start of the testing.
“I have NOT signed my fight contract yet to fight him so I have no obligation to fight ONLY HIM. It disappoints me that top fighters these days run from everything that will hold professional boxing integrity to its highest standard. I will be looking into other opponents with my manager, Cameron Dunkin immediately.”
But it appeared the 32-year-old Cuban (11-0, 8 KOs) could not understand the terms of the drug-testing procedure, which were written in English. Only after the documents were explained to him in Spanish did he finally to the terms.
Donaire (30-1, 20 KOs) however, just went ballistics on Twitter.
“It was also in negotiations. So why back out when you gave your word as a MAN?”Donaire insisted. “And just to let you know, I never required my opponents to do Vada. Rigo CALLED me out AND agreed to do Vada testing on HIS OWN.”
Donaire’s action obviously irked Rigondeaux who retaliated by challenging the Filipino to fight him inside the ring and not on Twitter, while at the same time denying the allegations of the WBO champion that he’s backing down from undergoing any form of drug testing.