"Filipino flash", Nonito Donaire is set to enter the ring Tonight in one
of his biggest bouts to date as he takes on Toshiaki Nishioka, live on
HBO. In part 2 (See bottom of page for Part One link) of my exclusive "On The Ropes" boxing radio Interview
with Donaire we discuss how he became the fighter he is today, his views
on his fellow countryman Manny Pacquiao's upcoming fourth fight with
Juan Manuel Marquez, who would win a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout and his
views on the Rios vs. Alvarado undercard fight. Also we discuss
his strategy for tonight's fight, his official prediction and more! Here
is what Nonito had to say.
(Also, you can hit play on the audio icon to listen now to the full radio show now).
have a unique experience in the ring that I’m not sure most boxing fans
are aware of, as you have actually sparred Manny Pacquiao back when you
were younger. Can you tell the fans a little bit about that experience?
was an experience that you know really thought me how to fight a lefty,
I am just growing up in the U.S. you know fighting here we kind of look
for patterns and we tend to look for timing, and when I sparred many
the first time, there was no timing, it was just a bunch of punches
coming at you, you know but it was something that really got me better,
because you know it made me really think, and how to defend with people
like that have no rhythm, so you know it was really cool be able to just
Pacquiao is now set to have a fourth bout with Juan Manuel Marquez. How do you see that fight playing out?
think it’s going to be a very challenging fight for both guys, both
guys are going to try to go out there KO each other out, so there might
be a KO for this fight, because they sound like they’re going to go for
it, and that will come out recklessness, but looking at, it might go the
same route, close fight, but you know I would always go with the guy
with speed, and that would be Manny, who has the advantage in that
fight. But it’s going to be an incredible fight, like there last 3
you step in the ring this Saturday, there is an interesting fight
between Brendon Rios & Mike Alvarado. What kind of fight do you
expect that to be?
going to be tough for both guys, I mean it’s going to be bloody, both
guys are going to be toughing things out, you know they’re going to hit
as hard as they can, and they’re going to take as much punishment as
they can, and you know it’s going to be a different situation for Rios
because Mike Alvarado is a same type of guy, but he is a bigger guy in
for this fight, so you know but I know that Rios is a tough guy as well
as Mike, but it’s going to be back and forth tassel fight, you can’t
decide who will win the fight, but I know it’s going to be an excellent
fight a must see fight.
Nonito, I can’t possibly let you off the line without asking you this.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao, if that fight ever does happen, who are you
taking and why are you taking them?
with me I always look at it every angle possible as a fight you know,
both guys have never seen each others type of fighting style in the
ring, and that’s what’s going to go down as who imposes the fight you
know or there style, and with Manny his speed is definitely one of the
keys too get him in there and with the volume of punches the raw power
and strength has, but Mayweather also has that intelligence that he can
brake down Manny’s style and that incredible defense that he has that
might work or might not work because like I said you know its Manny
you’re talking about, a guy who throws a thousand punches a round, so
you never know he might be able to break that shell, if he does he will
win that fight.
Back to your fight with Nishioka, what do you feel in the most important thing for you to do to come away with a victory?
seeing what kind of style he puts out there you know if he’s going to
be fast, I am going to be faster, if he is going to be strong, than I am
going to smarter, you know it just depends what kind of style he has,
it’s a fight that we’re not taking anything for granted, or we’re are
not taking anything light, but you know he is strong, and he has decent
speed because of speed change, and he’s been in this division for a
quite awhile, and he’s conquered this division for a long time, you know
we just go to be smarter, and I think our game plan will work going
into this fight.
If you win this fight, are you going to stay at 122, or consider moving up to 126?
that depends if we can make the other fights happen for me, than I am
definitely going to definitely stay for this division, but if they tend
to make it difficult for me than 126 is just around the corner and I can
build my body up to that weight class and seek the best in that
division but time will tell you know I really don’t see beyond what I
have in front of me for now.
What’s your official prediction for this Saturday night?
don’t really make any predictions but you know I am going to go out
there and I am going to give it all I got for my fans, the boxing world,
the people that are watching you know I am going to make it as much as
exciting fight as I can but you know this fight is going to be
interesting because it can end early as 1st
round but it can
also be as late as the final bell, so people can stay tune in and find
out for themselves, but it’s going to be an action packed fight.
In closing, is there any message you want to pass along to all your fans that you have around the world.
just want to thank them for always sporting me, there prayers,
following me on my Facebook, and twitter, and on my website
FilipinoFlash.com, and just interacting with me, I just want to thank
them for that, but you know this fight, October 13, HBO with Top Rank
this fight is a fight they got to see, so I just want to thank them for
that, and thank you for having me.
A few special thanks goes out Tim for helping to bring this interview to the boxing readers
PART ONE: Nonito Donaire Q&A: "Nishioka is fight that I wanted, there is a lot more reward for me than risk"
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