Nonito Donaire will take on Guillermo Rigondeaux this weekend in front of what will probably be a massive Radio City Music Hall audience. Given how close this bout came to not happening, or at least how close both fighters made it seem like it came to not happening, you certainly can’t blame folks for being excited about what they’re about to see.
That being said, regardless of how pumped you are about this showdown, it’s understandably difficult for some to view it as anything more than what it really is: a consolation prize.
The guy that everyone wanted to see Donaire fight following his back-to-back thrashings of Toshiaki Nishioka and Jorge Arce was Abner Mares. Unfortunately, because of boxing’s ongoing promotional wars, the match could not be agreed to. It will likely still happen at some point, but not yet. And because of that, instead of actually fighting Donaire, all Mares can do at this point is analyze his fights against other foes.
During a recent interview with Ring TV, Mares broke down what he expects to see this weekend.
"It is an an intriguing fight. I would be lying if I said that I was not at all interested in the result of that fight," he said.
"It is going to be a very, very interesting fight. Rigondeaux, though, the feeling is that he doesn't have the experience as a professional. He brings in a great, great amateur resume though, having fought something like over 300 or 400 fights. That's a lot of fights, so he brings in all of that experience."
And that experience, ultimately, coupled with his power, is what Mares thinks will propel Donaire to victory.
"I think that at the end of the day, Nonito's power and his ability to move and his general professional experience is going to get the best of Rigondeaux that night," said Mares. "I see Nonito winning by knockout. I estimate a seven-round knockout by Nonito if Rigondeaux doesn't just run and box all night."