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Donaire: I Go For Knockouts, To Entertain, Not Points

By Ryan Burton

BoxingScene.com recently spoke to former champion Nonito Donaire about his upcoming plans. Donaire said that he would welcome a rematch against Guillermo Rigondeaux but isn't 100% sure that he can get back down to the junior featherweight limit.

"As a fighter of course you want that.  (A rematch) is what you want. It's just a matter of getting the weight settled. I'm not going to lie. I'm 145 pounds right now.  The last time I had a lot of issues going up in weight even though I didn't eat too much. If I properly do it I can probably get down to 122. 

"In two months I will know.  If I get down to 130 that's my goal. If I can't then it's going to be hell to make 122. It would be like (when I used to ) go down to 112. You know me. I'm willing to fight anybody. I don't turn fights down," Donaire stated. 

Donaire said that Rigondeaux deserved the win in their April fight and praised him for his performance.

"I'm not going to make any excuses. He beat me.  He got the decision and I congratulate him on that," Donaire said while explaining that he has a lot room for improvement if a rematch is to happen. He also revealed some of the problems that he had in the fight. 

"Like I said I should have thrown combinations, being smart, using feints, using my legs and I wasn't doing any of that. It's sad. I was arguing with myself, telling myself 'why aren't you throwing combinations? Why aren't you following the game plan? What is wrong with you?'  That is why in the last round I got hit with that right because I was fighting with myself."

The Las Vegas based Filipino-American finished up our conversation by saying that Rigondeaux did what he had to do to win the fight and that while winning the fight is always the goal, providing entertainment should be equally important. He said that no matter what he will continue to try to provide the highlight reel knockouts he has become known for. 

"No disrespect. The guy did a good job against me. I'm not taking anything away from him. I fight to entertain and he fights to score points," Donaire told BoxingScene.com. 

"I'm not going change my fight. As a matter of fact I fight the way he does. That's my style.  That's who I am.  I'm a boxer but now I use my power to entertain. Being on TV you have to entertain  I think it's exciting. If I can get the one punch knockout I'm going for it.  I think the fans deserve it regardless if I get a lot of negativity out of it."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoxingFan82 on 07-21-2013

So, we have a fighter who: [LIST=1] [*]Is willing to publicly admit that he didn't study tapes of his last opponent even though the opponent was a two-time Olympic gold medalist with a superb amateur background. [*]Has made repeated excuses…

Comment by PurePugilist216 on 07-21-2013

Its funny, Nonito loves to talk he loves the art of fighting, and studies it religiously, and looks up to Bruce Lee, yet Rigo uses the sweet science to shut down everything Donaire could try and do, and not Nonito…

Comment by littlemac on 07-21-2013

More like Nonito only goes for knock outs against bums. :lol1:

Comment by WholeSoul75 on 07-21-2013

Some people should play out in their mind what they say before they speak. Not good nonito. Ask the Hawaiian punch that style don't last.

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 07-21-2013

[quote=CubanGuyNYC] Quote: Originally Posted by .:: JSFD26 ::. Lets do a 1T point bet that Rigo fights on HBO or HBO PPV again this year. If he doesn't, you get the 1T. Easy points right? Posted from Boxingscene.com App for…

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