|Nonito Donaire squashes Manny Pacquiao Rumor
By Johnny Benz, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 21, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank))
By Johnny Benz, Doghouse Boxing - Nonito Donaire who has been making a name for himself as an exciting
fighter and definitely one for Boxing fans to keep tabs on, faces off
against Omar Narvaez in New York City at Madison Square Garden's
Theater. The fight will be televised live Saturday night on HBO, 10:30
p.m. ET. Check your local cable provider or satelite dish receiver for
Donaire has roots to his nation of the Phillipines as well as America, a
country he moved to when he was 10. Being of Filipino heritage, he is
often compared to fellow countryman and fighter, Manny Pacquiao. It has
been often rumored that Donaire resents being compared to Pacquiao,
however according to Donaire himself, nothing could be further from the
truth. Fact is that Donaire finds it an honor to be compared to
In a recent interview with Bob Velin of USA Today, Donaire was asked if
it was true that he did not like being compared to Manny Pacquiao?
USA Today asked Doanaire: "I know you and Manny Pacquiao are friends, but you don't like being compared to Manny. Is that true?"
Donaire responded to the question, stating: "That's not true. The
comparison to Manny gives me honor. To be compared with one of the great
fighters of his time, to me that means I've made it somehow, and I need
to get better, and I always want to get better."
Donaire went on to add: "But it's something that motivates me, that
people are acknowledging my success, acknowledging my boxing style, and
my excitement. I mean, to be compared to Manny you have to be an
exciting fighter, and to me, that's a great honor. I'm not much of a guy
with a lot of pride. The only pride I have is that I'm going to do my
best to win, and I always feel like I'm going to win, and I always feel
like I'm going to beat whoever they put in front of me in my weight
class. But my pride in being compared to other people is something I
don't brag about or take seriously. But I do take honor if I am compared
to someone such as Manny."
So there you have it folks... then next time you hear Donaire has some
hard feelings about being compared to Pacquiao, you'll know the truth
and that's just not the case.
Funny thing is, when I think of Donaire, Pacquiao does not pop into my mind. What does pop into my mind is a fighter of his own, a man who at only 28 is an exciting fighter and very skillful in his own right. So far I have enjoyed watching him fight
and his last fight was in February, a thriller where he scored a second-round TKO victory against Fernando Montiel.
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