Jake Donovan of Boxing Scene is reporting that two of Top Rank's signature lower-weight fighters will be returning to action this fall. Nonito Donaire and Mikey Garcia are both slated to comeback on a twin bill televised by HBO on November 9th. The two will appear in separate bouts, lest you actually thought they would be facing each other. HBO will also show the first episode of 24/7 for Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios' pay-per-view clash the same night.
As of now, no one has been mentioned as an opponent for either man. Rocky Martinez had been ordered by the WBO to defend his super featherweight title against Garcia by the end of October, but that obviously appears to go against the date given today by Top Rank for Garcia's next fight. Though it's not been guaranteed, it is assumed Garcia will move up full-time to 130 after missing weight for his last fight against Juan Manuel Lopez.
As for Donaire, a rematch with Guillermo Rigondeaux would seem out of the question as HBO has pretty bluntly said 'Thanks, but no thanks' to Rigondeaux as a guy they would like to have on their airwaves. I'm guessing (and this is a total guess) they give Donaire a showcase type of fight. One where he can look like an unstoppable knockout machine to try and build him back up.
Are you excited to see these guys back in action? Or do you always think of Rigondeaux every time you see Donaire and a wellspring of tears begins to form? Do you harbor hard feelings toward Garcia for missing weight and nearly decapitating poor, outgunned JuanMa? Do you go back to simpler times when a bout between Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa was "marinating" and you knew that no one else in the world had that feeling you had when you thought about the possibility of those two fighting?