Nonito Donaire Jr. vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux. This kind of match up—a junior featherweight championship bonanza between two boxers both on a dominating roll—is a gift from the boxing gods. It's a fight that's as heated as, oh we don't know, that time when Big Bob Arum and Golden Boy De la Hoya fought over Manny Pacquiao's contract. This has the makings of a classic; it has the right characters in a career-defining setting, and two highly skilled boxers who seem to genuinely despise each other enough to provide us a fantastic show.
So expect fireworks come April 14.
Many observers, pundits and fans alike, feel that this one is a toss-up. Most regard the Cuban Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) as Nonito’s (31-1, 20 KOs) toughest test to date and vice versa. Neither man has faced an opponent who’s as accomplished as themselves in terms of career achievements and skill.
So who’s got the upper hand? We listed down a few important things to consider if you want to know who’s better than who (and peppered it with a collection of Donaire knockout videos just for fun!)
The advantage clearly goes to Donaire. He's the bigger man and that makes him naturally stronger than the Cuban star. But it's not the main reason we're giving this one to Junjun. Donaire's bone-crunching power is a gift that most boxers only wish they could have. The Filipino Flash can finish any opponent with his left hook and he can also inflict serious damage with his wicked right straight. Let's put it this way, right straight: hospital, left hook: morgue.