A fight between Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux was on, then it looked like it might be off again, and now, it appears to be back on, as Gabriel Montoya reports on Twitter today that a fight is "signed, sealed, and delivered" for April 13. The bout will air on HBO from Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Donaire (31-1, 20 KO) won pretty much every notable Fighter of the Year award for 2012, including our own, while Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO) has been one of two fighters that fans have consistently wanted to see match skills with the Filipino over the last year or so, since Donaire moved up to 122 pounds. The other, of course, is Abner Mares, who moved up at about the same time, but that fight has never been a real possibility, more a press war between the fighters' promotional companies.
There was recently some concern that the fight wouldn't get done, when Rigondeaux demanded that Top Rank settle a legal dispute with Caribe Promotions if he was going to fight Donaire. In the end, money probably talked; Rigondeaux will reportedly be paid $750,000 to fight Donaire, which is massive for someone who has never really been a main event fighter on premium cable, and has been a pitiful live draw when put into main event slots.
Vic Darchinyan was waiting in the wings to replace Rigondeaux, which wasn't drawing good press or fan reaction.
Montoya also says that VADA will handle drug testing for both fighters. Donaire has been on a year-round, 24/7 testing plan for a while now, the only fighter in the sport to go to that level with drug testing.