Although Vic Darchinyan is starting to sound off on his desire to avenge his loss to Nonito Donaire, the Filipino star doesn't seem terribly interested in the rematch:
"(Darchinyan) talks a lot," said Donaire, disclosing that Darchinyan could have exercised his right to call for an immediate rematch after being knocked out in five rounds in July 2007.
"There was a clause in our contract that a rematch could be made immediately afterwards (but he chose not to fight me again)," said Donaire, who is more amused than insulted by repeated calls by Darchinyan that the Filipino is afraid to sign up for a second meeting.
"I don’t promote fights. He go to Bob Arum," said Donaire who was joined by his wife Rachel during the media affair.
There are a few things that I think about this:
- They should rematch at 115 pounds. Seriously, they really should.
- Darchinyan is a loudmouth, obviously, but he needs this fight. A win over Donaire would get the ball rolling again, and Vic isn't getting any younger at 33. That loss to Joseph Agbeko really threw a wrench into his momentum, even given that the weight was perhaps too high and that Agbeko is a hell of a tough fighter.
- Donaire could really use a big win, and beating Darchinyan again would do nothing but help him, even if Donaire-Darchinyan II isn't the fight now that it would've been pre-Agbeko.
Donaire is currently looking at a fight at 118 pounds against Fernando Montiel or at 115 against Jorge Arce, should Arce be successful in his quest to win the vacant IBF junior bantamweight title against Simphiwe Nongqayi next month. That could set up a December 12 "Pinoy Power" PPV main event between Donaire and Arce.
Given how Donaire looked against Rafael Concepcion this month, I don't think I'd pick him over Montiel at 118, but no matter what anyone does to try and extend Arce's career, he's clearly a damaged fighter and I don't think Jorge has the legitimate firepower or stamina to hang with a top fighter anymore.
It's also easier to make Donaire-Arce or Donaire-Montiel given that all are Top Rank fighters, and Darchinyan is promoted by Gary Shaw, who had a pretty nasty split with Donaire.