Donnie Nietes reveals future plans, foresees knockout victory for Pacquiao
Milan Ordoñez on Nov 19, 2014 04:28 PM
Photo credit: Richard Esguerra/ABS-CBN Sports
MANILA – Donnie “Ahas” Nietes can now relish his moment of glory.
After retaining the WBO junior flyweight title by stopping Carlos “Chapito” Velarde on Saturday night amidst a pack crowd at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, “Ahas” will also be officially surpassing the legendary Gabriel “Flash” Elorde’s record of being the longest-reigning Filipino world champion.
By January 1st 2015, Nietes will be champion for seven years and four months, a month longer than that of “Flash’s” record. For any aspiring champion boxer, accomplishing such a feat is a grandiose task to complete. And coming into the contest, Nietes admitted to momentarily foregoing the thought of basking in the exaltation that likely awaited him once he got the job done.
“I wasn’t thinking about it before the fight,” Nietes explained in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN Sports. “It would just add up to more pressure if I thought about it right away.”
“The moment it hit me was when the fight was over,” he adds. “It was a sigh of relief knowing that I was finally able to beat (Flash) Elorde’s record.”
At a prime, yet relatively ripe age of 32, “Ahas” Nietes has managed to become the current king at 108-pounds. While he does plan to hold on to his belt for as long as his body can take him, he shares that he does intend to see what it may be like competing at a heavier weight class.
“As of now, I am set for two more fights at junior flyweight, then most likely, I will come up in weight at 112-pounds,” the Murcia, Negros Occidental native revealed.
Philippine boxing is set to be showcased once again this weekend, as the man known as “The People’s Champ” Manny Pacquiao is set to defend his WBO welterweight title against undefeated Chris Algieri.
While it was expected that Nietes would be rooting for “Pacman,” he believes that the eight-division world champion can pull all the stops for en route to a knockout victory. But of course, he did not disregard Algieri’s abilities.
“Pacquiao may have a little difficulty given Algieri’s style of using distance, while he is on the attack most of the time,” Nietes explained. “But there is a tendency for Manny to knock Algieri out.”