Nonito Donaire Doesn't Need Mares or Rigondeaux, 5 More Huge Fights He Can Take

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Nonito Donaire Doesn't Need Mares or Rigondeaux, 5 More Huge Fights He Can Take
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Nonito Donaire is looking forward to his future at featherweight.

Nonito Donaire has been heckled by the boxing community lately demanding he fight Abner Mares and Guillermo Rigondeaux as if they are all that's left in the super bantamweight division

The truth is: Yes, they are all that's left in the super bantamweight division, but there are still even more bankable and legacy-improving fights north of the 122-pounds weight class.

The featherweight and super featherweight divisions each have good fights for Donaire. His build is that of a super featherweight and the extra weight will only make him stronger.

As can be seen since his move up from 118 pounds to 122, Donaire has become a force to be reckoned with.

Of the four former 122-lb champs he's faced since moving up in early 2012, he's knocked out two of them and knocked down the other two in dominating performances—breaking a fighter's jaw in the process.

Rigondeaux stated he can move up to 126 easily and Mares said he's looking forward to moving up to 126 too. That means super fights with either fighter aren't dead with a move in weight.

Demand for both fights will actually only grow while each fighter continues to rack up career-defining victories. But until then, Donaire's best star-nurturing options are at featherweight and beyond. 

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