It seems as though Nonito Donaire’s fight against his supposed future opponent Jorge Arce might not actually end up happening. Donaire has been steadily gaining popularity in the sport of boxing, and despite being pretty much on top, it has not yet peaked.
When their fight was recently almost announced, many boxing fans had a negative reaction to such a fight, and claimed that while Arce is a great and exciting fighter, it would be an easy fight for Donaire. Guillermo Rigondeaux is the man everyone wants to see Doaire face next, but it doesn’t look like we are likely to see it any time soon.
According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Arce might be asking for too much money to face Donaire, which is slowly but surely driving the fight further from actuality, and Toshiaki Nishioka might have to be the replacement:
“I think [Arce's team is] getting cold feet. Top Rank president Todd [duBoef] said they're hemming and hawing and asking for a lot more money now, and that things are changing. I just don't have a good feeling," said Cameron Dunkin, Donaire’s manager.
Donaire is now a big name in boxing, and I am not at all surprised that Arce is asking for more money to fight him. As a matter of fact, they are both well known and respected fighters, but I assume that Donaire is getting paid a much higher fee then Arce, making Jorge fight for more money out of pride
"Arce came up to me after the fight he had with [Jesus] Rojas. Arce speaks broken English, but you can talk to him, and he said, 'I fight, I fight Nonito.' He said he was definitely fighting him, no problem. He said, 'I fight him, I fight him.' I said, 'Well, let's finally get it done.' Over and over again we've wanted to make this fight, and [the Arce side] says it's the next fight and they never show up," continued Dunkin.
Is Toshiaki Nishioka A Better Opponent for Donaire?
Boxing is as much of a business as business itself. Every promoter is a businessman, and every boxer is part business and part fighter. I think that by playing this game right now, Arce will lose this opportunity and end up fighting someone less important for a lot less money. There is a good pool of fighters for Doanire for pick, and Arce is only one of the many.
As a matter of fact, the Japanese Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3) would put up a far more exciting and explosive fight against Donaire than Arce would. I have heard of Donaire and Nishioka mentioned before, right after Donaire knocked out Montiel. Right away I thought that it would make or a great fight and it might actually happen if Arce keeps up his negotiation process.