If Nonito Donaire takes on either of his two rumored opponents in April, Abner Mares or Guillermo Rigondeaux, he'll enter the ring as the betting favorite, but he'll certainly be on upset alert. Mares and Rigondeaux are the number 2 and 3 fighters in the division behind Donaire, and Mares is right behind him in the pound for pound rankings as well. Each man would present Donaire with a unique set of skills which he'll need to be able to solve to retain his current lofty position in the sport.
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Donaire is likely fighting in April in Las Vegas, potentially on April 13th or April 27th. First, it appeared that Donaire would be facing Rigondeaux, however, there has been plenty of buzz about Donaire vs. Mares, which is one of the biggest fights to make in the entire sport.
Against Rigondeaux, Donaire will have to deal with a super-slick, defensive minded counter puncher. Rigondeaux would look to pick off Donaire once he opens up, and land crisp counters to...