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Weighing in on Donaire’s Future

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Going into his next bout, there are short term and long term questions concerning Nonito Donaire.

The protocol press conference and weigh-in for Pinoy Pride 30: D-DAY may provide some answers before Donaire takes matters into his own hands at the Araneta Coliseum this Saturday.

At 33 years old, “The Filipino Flash” boasts a career other fighters can only dream about, but it doesn’t seem as though he is dreaming to go into the sunset yet.

As a featherweight, getting knocked out by the hungry warrior Nicolas Walters from Jamaica on his state of residence (California) has not knocked the senses out of Donaire, as he is aptly cognizant that the follow-up to that, against William Prado of Brazil determines a lot about his status in the sport.

Yet surely, the part-time television guest commentator must use those wits to again deal with similar inundating inquisitions about his immediate future. The press conference is set at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque today.

How did it come to this for the erstwhile pound-for-pound star?

Photo: Al Bello / Getty Images

Photo: Al Bello / Getty Images

As a junior featherweight, the consensus 2012 Fighter of the Year started 2013 anticlimactically against Guillermo Rigondeaux, as the Cuban master boxer in the amateurs and the pros made people forget just how sensational Donaire can be. As a true champion, in fact a five-division titlist at that, he stood back on his feet, but to a doubtful many, it looked to be the beginning of the end.

Or simply, Rigondeaux may be a sign that he had to move up in weight. If so, Walters may be a sign he had to move back down.

The ultra-talented bonafide fighter that he is, there is no fear in Donaire, as he even acknowledges those “problems” and how he wants to solve them. But he is facing a more urgent problem as of the moment.

Concerning pre-fight reports indicate that his 5-foot-5 and a half built is struggling to make 122 lbs. Word is Donaire should trim down from 132 lbs. and has yet to immerse his frame fully. To find out officially, the weigh-in is open to public at the Araneta Center on Friday.

Whether or not this is a real issue, being a reported aspect of the coverage thus far, it is still something same reporters would keep eyes on when he steps on the scales publicly. Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) is expected to dispose of Prado (22-4-1, 15 KOs), but he has set his own standards – and has met them – for this fight and beyond.

In order for me to really understand if I’m worthy is to beat Rigondeaux. If I can’t do that, I’m not at that level. But I want to be at that level and to prove that is to fight him.”

If the weight issues unsatisfactorily affect his performance against a fighter a tier or two below him, how would he stand against the man who took his throne in this division? If he can’t even make weight at all, how would he stand against the man who took him out in the next division?

Flashing brilliant form in training and/or sparring, being ready and happy may mean little if he is getting tired of making weight.

The press conference on the 26th, weigh-in on the 27th, and fight night on the 28th – all important dates, but this observer is certain that we would all rather observe the third day, in the ring where Donaire rises again.

“The Phoenix will rise in the form of the Flash. The Phoenix symbolizes the rebirth and that’s what I will be,” said Donaire.


  1. Mike Smith

    March 26, 2015 at 4:42 am

    I always thought donaire was overhyped. Good marketing though, and matching until rigo and walters.

  2. Glen

    March 26, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Donaire’s future?…. He does not have one….

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