Nonito Donaire's manager met with Top Rank on Thursday, but not with Bob Arum. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Lem Satterfield reports that Nonito Donaire and manager Cameron Dunkin met with Top Rank's Todd duBoef on Thursday. Bob Arum was not present, but had a good impression of the meeting:
"Todd thought it was a good meeting. Cameron, I guess, thought that it was a good meeting. There are other people involved. Whatever comes of it, I don't know."
Whether or not "other people" has anything to do with Donaire's wife Rachel is -- well, you could assume, but it would just be speculation. Rachel Donaire plays a key role in her husband's career, and was the target of Arum's venom back in March when the entire mess between Donaire, Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions was going down. Arum said that Rachel Donaire was "all tarted up" in public, comparing her unfavorably to Manny Pacquiao's wife, Jinkee, who "dresses like a lady," according to Arum.
There has still got to be plenty of bad blood between the parties. It's unimaginable that there isn't. But a meeting with duBoef and Dunkin is a good first step, and the most important thing is that Donaire get back in the ring instead of wasting any more time. Plenty of time in his career has already been spent sitting on the sidelines.