Is Donaire…still Donaire?
- Updated: May 30, 2014
Simply put, there is no sugar-coating the implications of Nonito Donaire’s fight this weekend.
As the former titlist fights this weekend in the early morning in the U.S. on HBO (via tape delay) his career trajectory either takes a turn for the upside or turn for the worst when he takes on Simpiwe Vetyeka for a portion of the featherweight title.
With a win, kudos will go to of course Donaire first and foremost as the fighter, but also to his promoter TR who smartly matched him against a little-known titlist in hopes that grabbing a trinket will assist in getting their client back onto a premium network and against a name opponent.
With a loss, however, Donaire’s stock will plummet just as fast as his name did off of pound-for-pound lists following his devastating UD loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Following a Fighter of the Year grab in 2012, the Rigondeaux loss in 2013 was a massive upset and that was followed up with a criticized return bout against Vic Darchinyan later that year as Donaire seemed listless and not in control until stopping Darchinyan in the 9th of a scheduled 10 round bout.
Darchinyan was ahead on two judge’s cards with the other dead even.
The fight from China will either be a career resurgence for Donaire or yet another huge setback for a fighter once thought to be one of the greatest in the game.
This weekend we will know the answer to the question: Is Donaire still… Donaire?