The manager of WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Cameron Dunkin said today that there will be a court hearing on the contractual dispute between Donaire and Top Rank sometime in June. Donaire claimed Top Rank was guilty of a breach of contract for not fulfilling its agreement to get him three fights a year and signed up with arch rivals Golden Boy Promotions. Top Rank’s Bob Arum contested the allegation and insisted Top Rank had a valid and enforceable contract because Donaire was medically suspended for several months thereby preventing Top Rank from getting him fights as prescribed in their contract. 

Dunkin told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that he met with Top Rank president Todd Duboef but that the meeting “was not about Nonito Donaire.” Dunkin revealed he had two contracts done for Mikey Garcia and Brandon Rios. 

Arum said earlier today that Duboef and Dunkin had a good meeting but that he couldn’t disclose any details. 

Donaire’s manager said “he (Donaire) is going to court and we are going to have a hearing sometime in June and there’ll be arbitration of some sort.” 

Indications are that retired judge Daniel Weinstein who arbitrates all issues between Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions would be the arbitrator. Weinstein recently helped pave the way for an agreement between Top Rank and Golden Boy that allowed the third fight between pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 12 

Dunkin said “hopefully this will iron out” because Donaire “is in the gym training. He can’t stay away from it and calls three or four times a week saying ‘I’m ready to fight’ because he’s a fighter. He loves to work out and talk about boxing, loves to watch boxing and he’s just a real great kid.” 

Dunkin said he was disappointed that the planned May 28 unification title fight against Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno didn’t push through because “ he (Donaire) is the one that people look forward to watching.” 

The respected manager said that boxing needs fighters like Donaire “so badly and it is a shame. Hopefully this will all get settled quickly.” 

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