Guillermo Rigondeaux was believed to be tough to promote and tough to sell, but it figured that once he beat HBO and Top Rank golden child Nonito Donaire, he'd at least get a return date. That does not appear as though it will be the case, as Bob Arum says HBO has shown no interest in showcasing the best super bantamweight in the world.
Although Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) defeated Donaire, Arum said HBO has shown no interest in his next fight. "Every time I mention him, they throw up," Arum said. Rigondeaux, while immensely talented does not make for exciting fights.
"So I have to figure out who I could put him in with," said Arum, adding that he didn't think it was right that HBO pushed for him to match Donaire with Rigondeaux and now has turned its back on the winner.
Arum also says that Nonito Donaire will probably be back for a rematch with Vic Darchinyan, which is what it is and all that, at the end of the day. If he's being honest here -- which you never know, right you guys!! -- then Arum is certainly correct that HBO pushing for Donaire-Rigondeaux and then saying "no thanks" because the "wrong" guy wound up winning impressively is pretty weak. That's bush, you guys. Bush as hell.
Anyway, without HBO openings, Rigondeaux will probably have to go onto HBO PPV undercards, where Top Rank has openings on October 12 and November 23, with Bradley-Marquez and Pacquiao-Rios. Rigondeaux's manager Gary Hyde has ambitious ideas about some kind of Rigondeaux world tour, but that seems unlikely, too.
For now, The Rigolution will not be televised.