Donaire Believes He Will Be Even Better at Featherweight

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Former WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire believes he will be better if he moves up in weight and fights as a featherweight.

However, in a conversation with Standard the former top five pound for pound fighter said that should he continue to fight at 122 pounds he would “have to watch my diet and work on my nutrition scheduling” to make the weight limit.

Donaire who lost his title to former Cuban two time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux last April 13, indicated that he would need more time to prepare for a super bantamweight fight and that he would prefer to return to the ring in October and not September as earlier planned.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum had noted that Donaire appeared to be struggling to make the 122 pound limit even as Donaire conceded his body was getting bigger and he was growing.

The four division world champion told us “I’ll be a lot better at featherweight because of my speed” but made it clear that even if he remains at 122 he will be one hundred percent ready.

Donaire who underwent surgery on his right shoulder because of a bone spur and two torn ligaments said he is “recovering well and  healing faster than I expected and making  good progress with my therapy.”

Donaire and wife Rachel who are expecting their first child around July 21 just returned from what Rachel described as a “very relaxing” trip to Hawaii.

She also confirmed that they had purchased a nice, 7 bedroom house in Las Vegas some time ago but kept it under wraps.

ABS-CBN’s Las Vegas correspondent Bev Llorente told us about the new home which she indicated was in the eastern side of the city not far from where Top Rank promoter Bob Arum lives.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BrushMyHair. on 05-08-2013

Gary Russell would KO donaire faster than the speed of Prescott's left that knocked out Amir Khan.

Comment by MJ223 on 05-08-2013

[B]26 would be perfect if A. Garcia moved up and B. Donaire could get John in the ring[/B]

Comment by Masterjericho on 05-08-2013

[QUOTE=Bushbaby;13342016]Donaire either hit a learning curve or got caught with the Trinidad syndrome and fell in love with his power and forgot how to box or sum $h!t.[/QUOTE] I have to agree with this!!! Perfect

Comment by Bermuda on 05-08-2013

[QUOTE=BendOver;13343383]Rigondeaux engaged Donaire and the one reeling back was Donaire, from the first left he land donaire knew he was in trouble, at the end the one going backwards and hurt with donaire...[/QUOTE] the only time donaire really went on…

Comment by BendOver on 05-08-2013

[QUOTE=charlieg;13341918]Donaire fought the 1st fight all wrong. He does much better in a rematch. He head hunted with single shots and that played right into Rigo's skillset. The only time Donaire threw a combination, he landed the 2nd and 3rd…

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