Filipino bantamweight star Nonito Donaire is still in career limbo, as Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and Donaire's manager Cameron Dunkin are clearly not in agreement over what's going on or what's coming next.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum ... told BoxingScene.com/Daily Inquirer "everything is moving well and in the right direction."
However, Donaire’s manager Cameron Dunkin when asked about any progress on a possible return to the Top Rank fold simply said "No. Nothing."
Donaire (26-1, 18 KO) knocked out Fernando Montiel in the second round on February 19, which was his HBO debut and an incredibly rare HBO main event featuring fighters below 126 pounds. He's considered one of the very best fighters in the world pound-for-pound, and the win was seen by many as an overdue, true star-making performance. Donaire's breakout performance came in 2007 when he hammered Vic Darchinyan on Showtime in one of the bigger upsets of that year, and since then he has mowed down opposition, but many feel hasn't really become the star he could have been.
Shortly after beating Darchinyan, Donaire left Gary Shaw to sign with Top Rank, and just after beating Montiel, Donaire tried to leave Top Rank for Golden Boy, but an arbitrator swiftly ruled in Top Rank's favor, leaving Donaire in the position he's in today. Arum also made some rather classless remarks about Donaire's wife, which I think everyone is mostly trying to ignore but may well still bother Nonito and Rachel (his wife), who also plays a role in managing his career.
All in all, despite Arum's claims, it appears that there's been no significant change in the situation. Hopefully Dunkin is just being coy, but considering Donaire himself has said nothing at all, I kind of get the feeling Dunkin is closer to reality than Arum right now.