In a perfect world, or even just a better one, Abner Mares might be looking at a fight with Nonito Donaire this year. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Nonito Donaire is keeping himself in the news quite a bit, but he's saying absolutely nothing about his February 4 fight with Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
Now, I have no clue if this is more because he's not being asked about it than he's "looking past it," but after spending too much time talking about Guillermo Rigondeaux and why he definitely won't fight him, Donaire is back with a thought on another fighter: IBF bantamweight titlist Abner Mares.
"Mares isn't on my list but you can put him in there. I want to fight anyone that will give a good exciting fight. He is a good fighter and would put on a good fight. If the promoters can get together and make the fight then do it."
The hitch here is, obviously, that the promoters can't get together and make the fight, so it's all an empty acceptance anyway.
Not that I think Donaire would "duck" Mares -- I'm sure he'd gladly fight Abner, and boxing fans would love to see it, but Mares is promoted by Golden Boy and Donaire by Top Rank, so it's not going to happen. That's why it couldn't happen at 118, that's why it can't happen at 122, where Donaire says he'd take the fight now. In theory, I mean.
But seriously, isn't anyone gonna ask him about Vazquez? I mean, I know I said that's how big an underdog Vazquez is, and that's true, but jeez.