Nonito Donaire is itching to get back into the ring and his manager said Thursday that they're looking at four options for the Filipino fighter's 2013 debut in March.
"Nonito wants to fight as soon as possible," Camerin Dunkin told the Bulletin from the US, almost two weeks after Donaire's sensational third-round demolition of Jorge Arce in Houston.
Dunkin said they're eyeing Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux and Mexican-American Abner Mares and two other guys whose names he wants under wraps at the moment.
Donaire, who has overtaken Manny Pacquiao in the top ten ratings of pound-for-pound boxers, wants no less than four fights next year and his promoter, Top Rank chief Bob Arum, is also on the same page.
Donaire was superb in mauling the durable Arce before a sizeable crowd at the Toyota Center as the 30-year-old Bay Area-based puncher needed just one blow - a left hook - that sent Arce into retirement.
This year alone, Donaire fought four times, overwhelming Wilfredo Vazquez of Puerto Rico, Jeffrey Mathebula of South Africa and Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan and of course Arce last Dec. 15.
Arum is already on vacation mode but he and Dunkin had discussed what's down the road for Donaire.
Arum, 81, is travelling to Cape Town in South Africa with his wife Lovee and will be back after the holidays.
With Pacquiao at the tailend of an exemplary career, Donaire is being groomed to succeed him and aficionados have already selected him as the sure winner for the coveted award of 2012's best boxer, an accolade Pacquiao had won several times.