Here we go again! It would be fitting that one month after Juan Manuel Marquez devastated the world by ending a potential Mayweather-Pacquiao superfight that yet another superfight looks to be falling apart before the eyes of the public. And yes, once again we find Top Rank and Golden Boy in the midst of the troubles. Let's not confuse this though. In no way, shape, or form will any fight come close to epicly failing the way Mayweather-Pacquiao did. Nor does a Mares-Donaire showdown even slightly compete with the failed Super Bowl of boxing when it comes to PPV, audience, and world recognition. However, it is a fight that many fans are hoping to see.
Undefeated WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares and WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire exchanged verbal blows on twitter recently each stating that the other is afraid to step into the ring to make a super fight. Mares claimed that his promotional company, Golden Boy Promotions, faxed over a contract offer that Donaire immediately declined. Donaire claimed that the contract sent over to Top Rank Promotions was not a 'real' contract, stating that there was no date, venue, or anything else that would make him believe it was any sort of contract that seriously meant they wanted the fight to truly happen.
While there was much speculation as to what was actually written in the contract, they left no words astray as they engaged in blows on Twitter. Mares was the first to strike, apologizing to his fans. "To my fans: Unfortunately Donaire has turned down the fight against myself." Donaire would immediately respond by saying that "I never received a contract." Then he went on to say "I invite goldenboy to really make their lawyers work and create a real contract." Mares would respond by saying that "13 pages of contract and he said it wasn't detailed...so who's lying."
There was more to the fiasco that has unfolded in the last few days in regards to this fight. Both were claiming that their promoters are lying to them about what the contract actually says and who is responsible for being in the way of the fight. Donaire's stance is that he will fight Mares on April 13th as long as they send over a real contract. Mares claims that he is also ready to fight in April but that Donaire refuses to sign the contract to make the fight happen. Later it would be revealed that Bob Arum did receive a real contract for the fight to take place and that Donaire may not have been made clear of that.
As they go back and forth about who is to blame, as usual it's the fans that are going to end up losing out. This feud will only add fire to a burning flame that is no where near to being quenched between boxing's two biggest promoters, Golden Boy and Top Rank. Many of the fans blame their everlasting feud for the fallout of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. For now, the fans will sit back and wait for this situation to unfold, and hope that they see a Mares-Donaire fight sometime this year.