Santa Cruz, 25, and 33 year-old Rigondeaux are widely considered the best two fighters in the world at 122lbs, although efforts to get them in the ring have so far proven difficult due to either’s mandatory commitments.
‘Rigo’ has been vocal in challenging anyone to dare face him after his recent impressive victories over Nonito Donaire and Joseph Agbeko, turning his attention more towards Santa Cruz through various media outlets.
A scheduled appearance by Santa Cruz on the September 13 Mayweather card has come too soon for Rigondeaux to take the fight at five weeks notice, although the Mexican has put out a ‘come and get it’ plea to the double Olympic champion.
“Guillermo talks a lot, claiming to be the best and that no fighter wants to face him. I’ll fight him whenever and wherever he wants. I’d even fight him tomorrow! I hope it’ll happen as soon as possible because I’m sure the fans will love it, ” said Santa Cruz.
“Rigondeaux is a great fighter and one of the best at this moment but he’s not invincible. A victory over him will boost my career and that’s what I want. Whoever wins is simply the best!”
There maybe another potential stumbling block as Rigondeaux has been ordered to negotiate with Chris Avalos by the WBO, although an agreement with Santa Cruz would entitle the formidable champion to a reprieve.
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