By Mitch Abramson
Thereís been speculation that Nonito Donaire has had trouble making the 118-pound limit for his fight with Omar Narvaez on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Donaire didnít dispute this notion that itís been a chore paring down his body to 118 pounds. When he started the weight-losing process nearly three months ago, he weighed 145 pounds, the result of an eight-month layoff from the ring thatís made it harder to get down to 118 pounds.
ďI thought that I would have a lot of trouble making this weight because I started 2 Ĺ months ago at 145,Ē Donaire said during a public workout at the Kingsway Boxing Gym in Manhattan. ďBut that was being away from the gym for about six months, so it was a struggle. It was a mental struggle where I didnít think I was going to make it. But Iíve always been true to my word, where I would never ever fail to make weight. If I say that Iíll make 112, then Iíll make 112. When I say Iíll make 115, Iíll make 115. And when I say Iíll make 118, Iíll make 118.Ē
Donaire was smiling when he was talking about making 118 pounds, probably because this is going to be his last fight at 118 pounds before he wages his assault on the super bantamweight and featherweight divisions. Heís already talking about moving up in weight where heís already calling out guys at 122 pounds.
ďThere is that one guy, [WBC titlist Toshiaki] Nishioka, than I want to face,Ē Donaire said. ďBut of course, [WBO champion Jorge] Arce is a great name. Out of all of the division title holders, I would say those two are incredible fighters. I have great respect for them, and especially Arce- heís ready to go to war. Iím ready to go to war. But we donít want to look past Narvaez.Ē
Mitch Abramson covers boxing for the New York Daily News and BoxingScene.com.Tags: Nonito Donaire , Toshiaki Nishioka , Jorge Arce , Donaire vs Arce , Donaire-Arce