‘The Filipino Flash’, twenty eight year-old Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KO’s), the WBC/WBO bantamweight king who had become embroiled in a contract dispute with promoter Bob Aum and Top Rank, has come to a mutually beneficial new four-year deal according to SecondsOut.com.
It wasn’t long ago that Denver fight fans were confused as to how Donaire could let Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer get in the ear of both manager Cameron Duncan and Donaire’s wife Rachel Donaire in an attempt to lead them to believe that the contract with Top Rank was invalid and could easily be broken, remains a mystery.
What isn’t mysterious is that Donaire came to his senses and determined it was far better in his best interests to sit down, express his concerns, and allow Top Rank to explain in detail exactly what they had in store for his career by capitalizing on both his popularity here in the U.S. and the Philippines.
Of obvious concern was the outlook Top Rank had for Donaire while currently acknowledged pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao remains their ‘Golden Goose’, something Donaire had to come to grips with before any serious discussion could begin.
It seems that Nonito Donaire, his wife Rachel, and Top Rank President Todd duBoef (son-in-law of Bob Arum) were able to broker the deal, with manager Cameron Duncan (who also manages Kelly Pavlik) confirming the news, with the understanding that the Donaire career path has now been clearly defined to the satisfaction of all.
Donaire is now totally comfortable with what Top Rank has in store for his future, and as he could soon venture into the featherweight division, which may be ‘jumping the gun’ a bit, as the ‘big fight bouts’ he craved are right there in front of him with Orlando Salido (36-11-2, 24 KO’s), Yorioukus Gamboa (20-0, 16 KO’s), and Juan Manuel Lopez (301, 27 KO’s) leading the pack.
Super bantamweight sensation Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. (20-1-1, 17 KO’s) would in all probability be the first in line for Donaire to begin making his way up the ladder of weight increase, with a mach against new WBA World Super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos (20-0, 11 KO’s) possible.
The winner of the Joseph Agbeko (28-2, 22 KO’s) and Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KO’s) bout next month in Las Vegas for the IBF bantamweight title has the best chance of seeing Nonito Donaire sometime in early 2012 as he begins his march moving forward to bigger and better things.
The future’s so bright for Nonito Donaire, his new deal had better included a brand new pair of shades.
Elmer Richardson (Denver): “I wonder if Golden Boy realizes everyone now knows that he and Richard Schaefer have as much egg on their faces as ‘a two year-old at IHOP’ with this news of Donaire signing a new deal with Top Rank? How much cash did they leave behind in THAT briefcase”?
Stephen Johnson writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com