Guillermo Rigondeaux, who holds the WBA super bantamweight title and will defend it against Teon Kennedy on the Pacquiao vs Bradley undercard, has learned the hard way that unlike his amateur days, winning isn't enough in pro boxing.
Promoter Bob Arum says that the Cuban amateur legend is now aiming to become a more aggressive, fan-friendly fighter.
"Rigondeaux is a great, great fighter, but he made his bones in the amateurs where he was unbeatable and won two gold medals. But he can't use that style as a pro, because nobody wants to watch him. So he's realizing that," said Arum.
"He's going to become more of a professional knockout kind of guy. And if he does, there's a whole group of guys that we have for him to fight, including the Donaire-Arce winner, or Vazquez, there's just an unbelievable number of guys."
The last time Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KO) was featured on a Pacquiao undercard, he drew boos at Cowboys Stadium for a very boring performance against Ricardo Cordoba, a split decision win.
But when Rigondeaux feels like being explosive, we've seen him do that, and it can be something to see. I personally have not been a major fan of watching him fight, but there are moments where you see the true talent level if Rigondeaux, and there's no question that he's a tremendously good boxer, and he can punch.
I hope this is a legit change of approach. Look, if I thought that Rigondeaux would be making himself a worse fighter by getting more aggressive, I would find it stupid to change. But I think he'd be fine amping up his attacks. He's really that good, I believe.
Rigondeaux faces Philadelphia's Teon Kennedy (17-1-2, 7 KO) in the opening fight of the HBO pay-per-view broadcast.