Donaire on sparring Pacquiao and the Montiel KO

20 Oct

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Unified bantamweight champion of the WBO and WBC titles, Nonito Donaire, has recalled the foundations of his blossoming friendship with fellow Pinoy pinup Manny Pacquiao; the current incumbent of the WBO welterweight championship. The two sung karaoke together at the start of the millennium and, Nonito recalls, enjoyed a fast-paced sparring session at the Wildcard Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California, in 2001.

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Donaire absorbing Big Apple atmosphere ahead of MSG debut. Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank

“Manny is a part of why I’m here, he’s inspired me,” Donaire, a 28-year-old born in the Talibon region of the Bohol province in the Philippines said on Top Rank TV.

Nonito was speaking whilst taking a break from a public workout in New York City as he winds down his training regime in anticipation of the first defence of his bantamweight belts on Saturday, October 22 when he takes on undefeated Argentine star Omar Narvaez (35-0-2, 17ko) at the Madison Square Garden.

Speaking highly of Pacquiao, himself in the middle of training for his own upcoming HBO fight – a rubber-match against Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez, Donaire (26-1-0, 18ko) continued: “There’s no impossibility of what a man can do when they have that desire in the ring. Manny’s a big part of my success [and] was one of my inspirations as a Filipino. Manny opened a door for me.”

Elaborating on his friendship with Pacquiao, Donaire went on to explain that his ability to handle southpaw fighters was aided by sparring sessions with Manny at the Wildcard: “We’re friends,” said Donaire, who is now trained by renowned coach Robert Garcia. “I’ve known him since 2000… we used to karaoke a lot and he taught me how to fight lefties. I sparred with Manny in 2001 back at Wildcard, I was 108lbs he was 122lbs.

“He came up to my dad and said ‘your kid has a lot of potential’. I did pretty well, I’m a tricky fighter because of the amateur level and my speed was like his. I didn’t go beyond faring really well, though. I was only 18.

“He’s a great guy,” added Donaire. “Life was simple back then. I always support Manny. When we see each other we’ll always have lunch, y’know.”

Following an eight month absence from the ring, Donaire returns to the fight game this weekend. Versus Narvaez, Donaire will be looking to scintillate in much the same fashion as he did in February when he knocked out Fernando Montiel – a prizefighter who had never previously been stopped – with a highlight reel punch.

“That was the hardest punch I ever threw,” reflected Donaire to the Glendale Boxing Examiner of his potentially career-defining left hook. “I put everything in that punch.”

A multi-dimensional fighter who can box a distance bout, Donaire revealed that he is much happier being a people-pleaser and acting like a headhunter. He told The Ring: “If I hit the right spot… it can end any moment. That’s what people want. When [Mike] Tyson was ahead, the heavyweights were crazy because it’s like [the fight] can end any moment.”

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15 Responses to “Donaire on sparring Pacquiao and the Montiel KO”

  1. Jerome Yap October 20, 2011 at 5:24 am #

    Your damn right, we want to see a “KNOCKOUT” either you or your opponent! We want to get our money’s worth. It’s the hurt game what do you expect! I want to see that body fall like a brick and the eyes roll like a Chinese Egg roll! LOL!

  2. PinoyPower October 20, 2011 at 5:31 am #

    @Jerome dude shut up with that ish man, no need for any of that egg roll. Donaire is going to hand Narvaez some whoop ass easy.

  3. boom ting bredren October 20, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    I would pay to see that sparring video. and then I would pay more to see them spar now. then line up the videos side by side.

  4. RG October 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    No question that Donaire is one of the best fighters out there. However, he should carefully watch his words during after-fight interview to avoid being branded as cocky. Just be humble and every sport fans, specifically Pinoy sport fans, would patronize and accept you. After Pacman and Floyd, Donaire should be the third best boxer in the world today (not Martinez).

  5. White Pride World Wide October 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

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  6. pinaybyaheras October 21, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    Thanks for sharing …. i don’t used to watched filipino channel (no time busy @ work) .. thanks that i found your website.

    pinaybyaheras 🙂

  7. On The Beak October 21, 2011 at 6:55 am #

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