ESPN's 2012 Fighter of the Year, Nonito "the Filipino Flash" Donaire, will be facing the undefeated Cuban, Guillermo Rigondeaux, in the ring this April.
The April 13 fight will be HBO's main event and will be held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The fight is for the unification between the WBO and WBA super bantamweight title. Donaire has been victorious since March 2001, only suffering one loss in 32 fights. Rigondeaux is undefeated with 11 wins, eight by knock out.
Donaire's quest to become boxing’s pound for pound king will meet a major challenge in Rigondeaux. Both boxers are known for their counterpunching abilities. The fight fan favorite, Donaire, will likely be more aggressive among the two. Despite the difference in professional fight records, Rigondeaux claims to have over 400 amateur fights. Rigondeaux is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a seven-time Cuban national champion at bantamweight.
Manny Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, sees the fight as a big event for boxing. Roach briefly trained Rigondeaux for six months at the famous Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, CA. Taken from a July 2012 interview on Examiner.com, Roach called Rigondeaux one of the best fighters he has ever trained. Roach also called Donaire one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world today. "It's a great fight and the thing is, whoever lands the big shot first is going to win," said Roach.
The fight was finally set after both camps came to terms with the testing of performance enhancing drugs. Donaire, who is known for advocating open drug testing, was content with making sure Rigondeaux took the test.
Donaire and his wife Rachel are also expecting their first-born child sometime early this summer. After the Rigondeaux fight, Donaire will be taking time off to be there for his wife during the final stages of pregnancy.