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Salido Eyes Garcia, But Wants Nonito Donaire Showdown

By Pablo Fletes and Ludo Saenz, notifight.com

WBO featherweight champion Orlando "Siri" Salido (39-11-2, 27KOs) is focused on defending his title in late January or a date in February, against undefeated challenger Miguel "Mikey" Garcia. WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire is pondering the possibility of moving up in weight. Salido hopes to beat Garcia, and then face Donaire by the summer.

"I am in the prime of my career, both mentaly and physicaly. I'm in the best condition of my career, and I want to fight the best in the world. But before I face Donaire, I have to Miguel Garcia. [Me and Donaire] are with the same sanctioning body, the same promotional company, Top Rank, and I think it will be easier to [make a fight with me," Salido said.

"That fight with between me and Nonito can generate a lot of money. This is a business and I know that a fight with him could give me the best purse of my career."

Salido is almost fully recovered from a recent hand injury. He hurt his right hand after it was caught in a car door. He fractured one of his fingers. Salido doesn't expect an easy fight, but feels that he will shock Garcia.

"Mike Garcia is a good fighter, a good opponent. I respect him a lot and I know it will not be easy. And that's why I will work hard in training to make that commitment," Salido said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 10-25-2012

[QUOTE=Light_Speed;12637167]Yeah it sounds weird to say that about Donaire because he's a counter puncher but my point is, he tries to go for the KO everytime while Gamboa sometimes just pot-shots and moves when the fight is difficult. Donaire could…

Comment by Light_Speed on 10-25-2012

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;12637124]Gamboa's a pretty aggressive fighter, I don't agree that Donaire is more "offensive oriented". Whatever the case, if Nonito tries to mix it up with Salido, someone's gotta give. I believe that "someone" will be Donaire. And let's not forget…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 10-25-2012

[QUOTE=Light_Speed;12637094]Agreed about Garcia but Donaire is a different breed, he's more experienced and more offensive oriented than Gamboa. When faced with Salido's awkwardness, Yuri reverted to his amateur style of landing one shot then moving away. Donaire will try to…

Comment by Light_Speed on 10-25-2012

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;12637027]Salido is not just awkward and crafty, but he comes to fight a full twelve rounds. The guy just doesn't stop. The only way you beat someone like that is by being significantly better. Orlando's relentlessness makes up for the…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 10-25-2012

[QUOTE=whoseyourdaddy;12637021]Yes, but Salido is not Matebula or Vasquez, [B]I never seen him timid or tentative in any fight[/B]. Hefought Marquez in a bery entertaining bout, Robert Guerrero, Gamboa and more...[B]never ever seen Salido being scare of mixing it up with…

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