Four-division world champion Nonito Donaire is ready to take a long rest after facing tough opponents this year. But if challenger Jorge Arce signs up for a showdown in Mexico on December 15, he will gladly accommodate and put his rest period on hold.
Earlier, his promoter Bob Arum said he is working on details of the fight and will make the official announcement within this week.
Donaire has already fought three times this year and if the Arce fight pushes through, it will be his fourth and last fight this year before plunging into a long and needed rest period to heal his injured left hand.
If the Donaire-Arce fight makes it into pay-per-view (PPV), it could be the first to be covered on PPV for a bantamweight or even featherweight bout, as it has been observed that PPV fights appeal more to heavier weight classes. Read More.
After Donaire's victory over Nishioka a few days ago, Arce said (via ABS-CBN News) he is not impressed with Donaire's credentials.
"I'm not impressed. He is not the monster they believe he is. What happens is that [the opponents] have too much respect, they pull punches, start to survive and allow him to come on," the Mexican was quoted as saying.
For his part, Donaire said, "If he tells himself that he’s not impressed, that’s big mistake. It’s always different inside the ring."
Arce is reportedly asking too much money for the Donaire fight which is the reason Arum is unable to confirm the fight officially.
Donaire was reportedly paid $750,000 by Arum's Top Rank for his recent fight with Nishioka of Japan. Arce was reportedly asking for more than this amount.
“Definitely our fight is not pushing through because they’re demanding a lot of money. Well, it’s not my decision because I already have a minimum fee. I have a set price," Donaire said (via Philstar.com)
“But they want more. For them I’m the biggest money out there is," Donaire added.
Boxing observers say Arce would definitely agree to face Donaire for much less than the money the Filipino will get as guarantee fee, provided the fight is covered on pay-per-view (ppv) where he will get a share of the revenues from PPV subscriptions.
Donaire's promoter Bob Arum has yet to announce if the December 15th fight will be Donaire's pay-per-view (PPV) debut.
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