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Garcia Says Donaire Looking Good, Ariza a Big Help

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

2012 “Trainer of the Year” Robert Garcia says that after two days of workouts at his Oxnard Gym in California, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is “looking very good.”

Garcia, who was watching a tape of Donaire’s 5th round knockout of Vic Darchinyan on July 7, 2007 along with Nonito when we contacted him, told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that Donaire was “very fast, very powerful.”

He said that while Donaire “needs some conditioning, its not there yet, even though the footwork is there.”

Garcia said everybody in his training camp which includes younger brother Mikey Garcia who faces junior lightweight title champion Rocky Martinez in Corpus Christi, Texas on November 9 - on a card that will feature Donaire in a rematch with Darchinyan over ten rounds, and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios who battles Manny Pacquiao in Macau on November 24 are all - “looking very good.”

The former world champion told us “everybody is coming on well and we are looking  forward to a great month of November.”

Garcia said Rios “is training like never before” even as he praised Pacquiao’s former strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, who was fired by trainer Freddie Roach, and now working with Rios and Garcia.

The trainer indicated that Rios and Gracia were doing everything that Ariza asked them to do including swimming at 5 o’clock in the morning. He said “Ariza is a help. They do everything he asks them to do in the morning. They are very good exercises and he (Ariza) is dong a great job.”

Garcia however emphasized that “when they are in the gym in the afternoon he doesn’t get involved."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mike gonzalez on 09-26-2013

Donaire was in great shape vs Rigo, Donaire you always been in great shape, the problem with the Rigo fight, you didn't fight back, in order to win you have to let your hands go. Ariza for what?? to steal…

Comment by anonymous2.0 on 09-25-2013

[QUOTE=PACnPBFsuck;13782189]2 different fight dates, November 9th Mikey vs Rocky Donaire vs Vic Andrade vs Vanes November 23th PAC vs Rios Dib vs Grad Shimming vs TBA[/QUOTE] Ah, thanks.

Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 09-25-2013

[QUOTE=anonymous2.0;13781776]So the undercard is: Donaire vs Darchinyan, non title fight Mikey Garcia vs Rocky, title fight Shiming vs TBA, non title fight MAnny vs Rios, non title fight Did I get that right?[/QUOTE] 2 different fight dates, November 9th Mikey…

Comment by jbpanama on 09-25-2013

Is it possible that The Ariza talk is meant to Rattle PacMan's Cage?

Comment by richardt on 09-25-2013

[QUOTE=NatiKid;13781734]ya whatever he refused to fight the best of the best and you know it the one time he did. ya he fighting good fighters but all are well well well past their prime[/QUOTE]Refused?? Hate to torch you with your…

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