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Rigo might be the best technical fighter in the sport, but he's taken a lot of flak for his risk-averse style.
Let's just put it right out there: Guillermo Rigondeaux is the best technical boxer in the sport.
He has an uncanny ability to hit, not get hit and frustrate the hell out of his opponents.
But his style does not and cannot sell to a mainstream audience. Now that's bound to offend many boxing purists out there, and that's not to say they're wrong for appreciating his subtle mastery, but even they need to acknowledge that boxing is a business.
Networks televise the sport primarily to make money. And they want to showcase fighters who provide action, drama and some bang for the buck.
And Rigo doesn't do that.
His performance against Nonito Donaire earlier this year was nothing short of a technical masterpiece. Short of one hiccup in the 10th round, it was an opus, and Rigo got a much deserved victory.
But his follow-up against Joseph Agbeko in early December was one of the worst fights you'll ever see.
Now, it's true that a lot of that had to do with an opponent who had zero intention of fighting.
Agbeko completely mailed it in, and he should be criticized for his performance or lack thereof. But the onus for a great show was never on his shoulders. It was Rigo who came in under the specter of having to do something spectacular to justify his slot on HBO.
And he had a foe in front of him who was ripe for the taking, and he never let his hands go to get him out of there and make a statement.
That fight was so universally panned, that it wouldn't be surprising at all to find Rigo looking for someone to televise his fights in the future. HBO was skeptical of putting him back on after the Donaire fight, and the low ratings from the Agbeko affair have called his continued presence into question.