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Team Pacquiao vs Donaire Feud in The Background?

By Mark Vester

Is there trouble brewing between the two best fighters from the Philippines?

On Feb. 19 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, an HBO-televised clash will be promoted by Top Rank Promotions featuring WBA interim super flyweight  titlist Nonito Donaire (25-1, 17 knockouts) of the Philippines and WBO and WBC bantamweight king Fernando Montiel (44-2-2, 34 KOs) of Mexico.

Top Rank's CEO, Bob Arum, considers Donaire to be the No. 2 fighter from the Philippines behind eight-division titlist Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs), who is also promoted under the same company.

According to Rachel Donaire, the wife of Nonito, Team Pacquiao does not want her husband to appear on their undercards.

Top Rank had floated the idea of Nonito Donaire taking an undercard position to last November's fight between Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium. Rachel told FanHouse that Michael Koncz, the adviser to Pacquiao, called Top Rank and had Nonito pulled from the show. Rachel thinks the reason for Team Pacquiao's position is because Nonito is not promoted under MP Promotions, which is Manny Pacquiao's promotional company.

"I know for a fact that the November fight, Koncz called in and asked them to take him off the card. From what I heard it's Michael Koncz doing all the dealings because Nonito is not with MP Promotions and he doesn't want him on the cards," Rachel said.

The mutual promoter of both fighters sees no reason to place both of them on the same card. The combination of both fighters on the same card would be an overhaul on the Filipino audience, says Arum.

"Why? There's a limit to how much ice cream you could eat. You have the biggest Philippine attraction in Manny Pacquiao. The last thing I need is another Filipino on the card," Arum said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 01-14-2011

[QUOTE=empiricix;9954541]What he said about how Pinoys treat their family and especially their parents is true. Nonito is not as well respected as Pac by local Pinoys because they don't like how he and his wife treats his family. It's that…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 01-14-2011

[QUOTE=gopi11;9954500]"Typical Filipino culture, Pinoys hate to be upstage by his fellow Pinoy, oneupmanship so to speak"[/QUOTE] Aaaah ok, thanks gopi ;) Not just typical to Filipino's though. Tall poppy syndrome and oneupmanship is prevalent in most cultures.

Comment by balintawak on 01-14-2011

[SIZE="3"]What's with some of these posters like 'Gino Ros'. I see him in many threads being disrespectful to Filipnos. What's their beef against Filipinos? Did a Filipino steal their girlfriend or boyfriend or something?[/SIZE]

Comment by Tamis! on 01-14-2011

[QUOTE=Gino Ros;9954956][IMG]http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/thumblarge_441/1254209233NTiKf4.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] [B] The best you can do? Post this baby cryin'? I thought you're all intellect and ****? Like I said, your research about pinoys isn't cutting it enough. At least do better to diss a whole race. Oh…

Comment by Georgeshills on 01-14-2011

[QUOTE=Gino Ros;9954914]She worked at a bar in Angeles City?[/QUOTE] Here, for your viewing pleasure. Go beat your stick before she beats your stick with a flying kick. [IMG]http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/17/l_e014a9757ec8337e5be1f335d62d6ff9.jpg[/IMG]

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