The Jackal Makes His Move

By Robert Ecksel on September 17, 2015
The Jackal Makes His Move
When Rigondeaux fled Cuba in 2007, he had an amateur record of 374-12. (Ryan Loco)

Rigo may be too good for his own good, but as Freddie Roach says, “He’s probably the greatest talent I’ve ever seen…”

Now that Mayweather has retired, WBA Super World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs), the elusive southpaw from Miami, Florida, by way of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, might be the finest pure boxer in the fight game today.

Thirty-four-year-old Rigondeaux, known as El Chacal (The Jackal), was one of the most decorated amateur boxers in history. He won seven Cuban national championships (2000-2006), two Olympic gold medals (2000 & 2004), and two amateur world championships (2001 & 2005).

When El Chacal fled Cuba with Erislandy Lara in 2007, he had an amateur record of 374-12, give or take a few fights.

With the exception of Teófilo Stevenson, who said “What is a million dollars worth compared to the love of eight million Cubans?” every Cuban fighter has wanted to turn pro and fight in the US.

But Rigondeaux, despite having made the move northward, despite his enormous talent, has been given short shrift, by HBO, by Top Rank, and by fans unable to recognize pandering.

That, however, may be about to change.

Rigondeaux recently released a statement to BoxingScene.com which reads:

I am officially a free agent. Not having the opportunity to fight this year has put a strain on my family and has disappointed boxing fans everywhere. I am free of any managerial contract as of September 15th, 2015. I’ve been waiting for the past nine months for a fight, but have not been able to receive any fight offers from my former manager (Gary Hyde). It has been a terrible relationship over the past nine years, and now I have completed my time, and am free to pursue better opportunities…

I will be contacting the managers of the best fighters in boxing such as Frank Espinoza, Cameron Dunkin, and Al Haymon to be able to see who can negotiate me the best deals moving forward in order to remain a dominant figure in the sport, and provide the best opportunity for my family and my career.

Rigondeaux may be too good for his own good, but as Freddie Roach says, “He’s probably the greatest talent I’ve ever seen.”

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  1. NYIrish 05:42am, 09/19/2015

    He wins fights not fans.

  2. no10Point 12:25pm, 09/18/2015

    He can move to Japan or China and make bank.

    Haymon is the last thing WE need for Rigo.
    one day that train will derail and our tax dollars will have to clean it up.

  3. KO Power 05:47am, 09/18/2015

    It’s a shame that because of the politics in boxing Rigondeaux won’t get the fights or acclaim that his talent justifies.

  4. AkT 05:30am, 09/18/2015

    Early on in his career, Floyd was a crowd pleaser when he had more ko power at the lower weight classes.
    Sad thing is that most boxing fans don’t understand boxing. Rigo will struggle to headline any show because of his style. I just hope whoever manages him next doesn’t turn his matches into freak shows where he might as well be battling Klitschko.

    Where is Al when you need him? Haymon??

  5. procopy 11:04pm, 09/17/2015

    He sure is very talented and finding people who would manage his career will not be a problem for him, but IMO the biggest problem for Rigo is finding people who are actually willing to dig their pockets to see him fight. Unless his learns the Mayweather style of creating a persona and use his haters to suck cash from them :-)
    He may have the boxing style that is identical with that of Money May. But Floyd Mayweather is Floyd Mayweather it is hard to make a carbon copy of him.

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