November 9 looks like it will be a Texas two-step with Mikey Garcia and Nonito Donaire.
Garcia and Donaire, both trained by Mikey's brother Robert Garcia, will likely be fighting in separate bouts on an HBO doubleheader -- with Garcia in the main event -- that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com probably will take place in Texas, perhaps San Antonio or Dallas.
Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs), stripped of his featherweight title for failing to make weight the day before drilling Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round in Dallas on June 15, is moving up to junior lightweight and being lined up to face titleholder Rocky Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KOs), for whom he is the mandatory challenger.
"We're trying to iron out the details on Mikey facing Martinez," said Cameron Dunkin, Garcia's manager. "But we're ready to go. I saw Mikey the other day and we sat down and had a nice long talk -- me, Mikey and Robert -- and we're ready. He's excited about it. I have a meeting with [Top Rank president] Todd [duBoef] on [Wednesday] to talk about a lot of things, including that fight."
Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs), the 2012 consensus fighter of the year, is coming off a decision loss in a junior featherweight unification fight against Guillermo Rigondeaux on April 13. Donaire will be moving up to the featherweight division and is supposed to face Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) -- who he knocked out in 2007 to win a flyweight world title -- in a rematch, but that might change because of issues over the contract weight.
"Donaire is ready to fight Darchinyan but Darchinyan is also saying he won't fight at 126 pounds," said Dunkin, who also manages Donaire. "So I am going to talk to [Top Rank vice president] Carl [Moretti] about changing opponents. Nonito wants to fight at 126 pounds and [eventually] win a featherweight title. Vic wants to fight [at] 122 to 124. OK. I'm sorry about that because Donaire is going to fight at 126. So that is what it is."