By Jorge Conejo
Guillermo Rigondeaux beat Nonito Donaire on points in one of the most boring displays of boxing I’ve ever witnessed.
Whatever Rigondeaux did he made 100 percent sure that he would only throw punches once and a while and move away quickly. Nonito Donaire pushed the action but focused on landing a knockout punch, a big no no against a slick mover like Rigondeaux.
After the uneventful fight was over, it gave me a new found respect for Floyd Mayweather Jr., I am not fan of his loud personality or his resistance to fighting Manny Pacquiao, but one thing is for sure he is complete boxer and more exciting than Guillermo Rigondeaux.
It is one thing to be defensive, but it’s another thing to actually land multiple clean punches while on defense, and this is something that people including myself often overlook with Mayweather, he can hit you and make you miss, but he makes it look good and actually lands clean meaningful shots. Even without moving Mayweather can stay in the pocket and counter you with his shoulder roll uppercut combo.
If you want to see an impressive display of defensive counter punching watch Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Diego Chico Corrales, Floyd outclassed Corrales but he did it so good that he was toying with him and hitting him with combos all night. Floyd fights defensively but he also knows how to make sure the punches he throws lands clean to make an impact on the fighter and the judges.
I didn’t see that with Guillermo Rigondeaux in his fight with Nonito Donaire. All I saw was a guy fighting extremely careful and a just throwing occasional punches from time to time, Rigondeaux did catch Nonito with a few good hard shots but they were too few to even make a memorable impact. The only thing that stood out in the fight was when Nonito dropped Guillermo in the tenth round.
I wasn’t impressed with Guillermo Rigondeaux because he couldn’t take out a fighter who was weight drained and just plodding forward open for counters. If that was Floyd Mayweather Jr. he would have had a field day with Nonito Donaire like he did with Diego Corrales and Arturo Gatti. Floyd might be a cautious fighter but if you watch his fights you will notice that he likes to take his opponent into deep water and than take them out when he has the chance, Rigondeaux didn’t even try to take out Nonito Donaire and was content on moving and posturing. I am not sold on the Rigondeaux hype, until he actually takes chances and puts some meaningful punches together against top level competition, he will never develop a great name like Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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