In a highly anticipated match-up between 'Fighter of the Year' Filipino superstar Nonito Donaire and the undefeated Mexican superstar Abner Mares, looked like it had a chance of being made when Golden Boy Promotion offered an unbelievable sum for the fight. Three million dollars, and when they sent out the contracts pulses were shaking because this had a real chance of making it.
I was told by the team representing Golden Boy Promotions that Top Rank indeed had the contracts and decided not to take the fight at this time because Donaire has a commitment to HBO for April the 13th, something I confirmed with the Top Rank president himself.
When told by me that Richard Schaefer was willing to do the fight on HBO if Nonito had no choice and could make the date of April the 13th, this was all news to Arum. "When did he say that?.. I wont negotiate through the press if they have an offer, tell them to send it to me and we will go from there."
Arum is leaning towards a Rigondeaux fight which is another match-up fans would love, but mares appears to be the greater threat and bigger risk.