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Donaire Expects Tactical Fight in The Early Rounds

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire expects a tactical fight early on in his unification title bout against WBA champion and former Cuban two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux at the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York on Saturday – Sunday morning in Manila.

The fight will be telecast by ABS-CBN Sports over Channel 2 with a "live" pay per view telecast over SkyCable and The Filipino Channel with replays on Studio 23 and the cable sports channel, Balls.

Donaire spoke to BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard after his team’s arrival in New York where the 2012 “Fighter of the Year” and four division world champion and the undefeated southpaw Rigondeaux will hold Manhattan media workouts on Tuesday at the Mendez Boxing Gym.

Donaire who had an intense training session in New York on Monday night told us “training has been very good and I’m now trying to cut down on my weight” since he is about 7 pounds over the 122 limit but indicated it should be no problem.

Donaire said he sparred twice last week, going twelve rounds on one day and then eight in his last sparring session at the Undisputed Gym in San Carlos City, California against talented fighters in Erik  De Leon and southpaw featherweight Victor Pasillas.

Donaire said Pasillas is “a good lefty very tough, very strong” and  believes the 21 year old southpaw is even better than his April 13 opponent, WBA champion Rigondeaux who has a record of 11-0 with 8 knockouts.

Pasillas who is from East Los Angeles won his pro debut beating Jose Garcia from King City, California in a featherweight bout by a 40-36 shutout over four rounds in an off-TV fight on the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fourth showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last December 8.

Donaire said he “feels really good and can't wait for the fight to happen.”

At the same time the Ring Magazine top five pound for pound champion said he is continuing his commitment to random drug testing and warned that “a lot of people take advantage of a lot of things and people are going to get hurt” unless the various world boxing organizations and commissions do something about instituting random drug tests at least for championship fights.

Donaire who expressed surprise that former WBC flyweight champion Malcom Tunacao lost to Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka by a 12th round TKO in Tokyo on Sunday and WBO/WBA flyweight champion Brian Viloria lost his title to an amazingly conditioned and strong Juan Francisco Estrada is now in a situation to ease the pain of those two losses by beating Rigondeaux.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Angelo89 on 04-10-2013

[QUOTE=TangInaMo Floyd;13228351]Donaire will KO this dude, mismatch!!![/QUOTE] Yeah Donaire has a great chance to win by KO/TKO but like Nonito says early on it will be tactical. I feel Donaire will win by stoppage somewhere around the 10th round.

Comment by TangInaMo Floyd on 04-09-2013

Donaire will KO this dude, mismatch!!!

Comment by richardt on 04-09-2013

[QUOTE=retnuocllup;13227758]your analogy is flawed because Donaire is way better than Hamed ib almost every category, and Rigondo ain't no slider like MAB[/QUOTE]Agree....and on top of that, Hamed was the one considered chinny and had many holes in his game. No…

Comment by richardt on 04-09-2013

[QUOTE=reyes066;13226817]rigondeaux kot to donaire in 6 o7 round[/QUOTE]Thats the 10th time you have said that. Recorded voice messages are more interesting than you saying the same thing over and over again. "KOT TO" and "o7" make no sense.

Comment by KickAzz on 04-09-2013

[QUOTE=Mike_R;13227237]I expect an incredibly interesting chess match, but I also expect a few lightning exchanges and [B][U][SIZE="6"]I'm curious how each guy will react[/SIZE][/U][/B]. This is going to be great.[/QUOTE] you already know what's gonna happen. once Rigondo gets hit with…

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