Bob Arum expects that Nonito Donaire will be in the news this coming week. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum tells Ronnie Nathanielsz that he expects some news on Nonito Donaire in the next week, but didn't specify what kind of news.
Arum hinted at a resolution of the Donaire case which is being handled by former judge Daniel Weinstein who arbitrates all issues between Top Rank and Golden Boy. Arum said "I think we’ll probably see that (a resolution) by next week."
He said "I can’t get into it now because there was arbitration and mediation but there’ll be news coming out next week."
Donaire, of course, attempted to jump ship to Golden Boy Promotions following his February win over Fernando Montiel. Top Rank claimed they had a valid contract, and an arbitrator ruled in their favor. In between, Arum had some ill-advised words for Donaire and the fighter's wife, Rachel, and only recently have Top Rank's Todd duBoef and Donaire's manager Cameron Dunkin been able to sit down and talk about how to move forward. Fight fans simply want to see the exciting Donaire back in the ring.
Arum also acknowledged Oscar de la Hoya's Twitter apology from rehab:
Arum told the Daily Inquirer "I accept De La Hoya's apology and am grateful for the apology."
Whether or not this will lead to Top Rank and Golden Boy co-promotions once again is still up in the air, but that hope is starting to flood back in now instead of just seep back in. The truest and biggest roadblock is the relationship between Arum and de la Hoya. If those two can come to some kind of understanding, we could once again get our customary year or so before they start bickering again.