Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0-0 8KOs) has recently come off the biggest win of his career and shot up to most media sites top ten pound for pound list. His last opponent none other than Nonito Donaire the “Filipino Flash” whom was a top 5 pound for pound fighter on most list. This was surely boxing’s upset of the year midyear of 2013. So why would HBO not want to showcase this talent from Cuba and the former two time gold medalist?
Well in his upset over Nonito Donaire, I guess Donaire was not the only one upset. Many fans who love the brawling, smash em’ style thought Donaire vs Rigondeaux was a snoozer. HBO just had two great battles with Bradley vs Provodnikov and Rios vs Alvarado II, so the technicality of this fight did not live up to HBO’s desires, as rumor has it. Maybe Guillermo Rigondeaux’s record of only 12 wins does not have the appeal to fans who still don’t know who he is?
If HBO doesn’t change its mind on Guillermo Rigondeaux this could cause Rigondeaux to seek the rival network. If Top Rank continues to stick with HBO only and Golden Boy stays with Showtime, the new rumor spurring from this situation is Guillermo Rigondeaux might find a way to become part of Golden Boy where many fans would like to see Rigondeaux face Abner Mares.
Guillermo Rigondeaux did defeat Abner Mares in the amateurs. After seeing what Guillermo Rigondeaux did to Nonito Donaire we can’t say amateurs don’t count. Besides my party spoiler of the two already fighting I believe as a professional fight between the two it would make for a great fight for the sport.
HBO has a gift in Guillermo Rigondeaux and should seek ways to keep him on the air as he continues to rise in popularity. Guillermo Rigondeaux, Andre Ward, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. seem like the most technically talented fighters out there. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will probably never fight on HBO again. My advice for HBO is they can’t afford to lose another out of the three names mentioned above.