Nonito Donaire Jr. on Cesar Juarez: “I’ve never faced anyone na ganun ka-tapang”

Santino Honasan on Jul 09, 2016 10:49 AM
Nonito Donaire Jr. gives Albert Pagara some advice
“He’s very tough. Hindi naman siya gaano kagaling, matapang lang talaga. Matibay.” - Nonito Donaire Jr. on Cesar Juarez

If there’s anyone who knows a little something about facing Cesar Juarez in a twelve-round bout, it’s none other than “The Filipino Flash” himself, Nonito Donaire Jr. 

After all, Donaire and Juarez put on a wire-to-wire classic for the vacant WBO Super Bantamweight title last December, in what was hailed by many as a legitimate Fight of the Year candidate. 

And while it was Donaire who came out of that war with has hands raised, Juarez’s stock among boxing experts went up as well, cementing his status as tough challenge for anyone in the division. 

In Donaire’s last four wins, it was only Juarez who managed to go the distance with the hard-hitting Pinoy champion. 

“I was very surprised, kasi karamihan, pag sinusuntok ko sila, knockout eh. For Juarez, parang, hindi ko alam kung ano eh, basta pag sinusuntok ko siya palagi, he takes it,” Donaire said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Bev Llorente. “I’ve never faced anyone na ganun ka-tapang.”

On Saturday’s Pinoy Pride 37 card, Juarez will be entering the ring with another hard-hitting Pinoy in “Prince” Albert Pagara, and Donaire had some words of advice for his kababayan. 

“He’s very tough. Hindi naman siya gaano kagaling, matapang lang talaga. Matibay.” Donaire said. “Sugod ng sugod, kasi yun talaga ang alam niya eh, to go in front and just take the fight.”

And while Pagara and Juarez share the same aggressive tendencies inside the cage, Donaire warned the unbeaten 22-year old to be wary of Juarez’s relentless approach. 

“Pag napapagod ka niya, dun mo mafi-feel yung lakas nung suntok, pero hindi naman gaano kalakas, volume puncher at papagurin ka niya.”

When Donaire is in the Philippines, he gets to spar with some of the country’s best young boxers over at the ALA Boxing Gym in Cebu City, and among them is “Prince” Albert, so it’s safe to say that Donaire has had a first had look at what the blonde-haired bomber can do inside the ring. “The Filipino Flash” himself believes that Pagara is more than ready for the challenge that Juarez poses. 

“Nakita ko yung potential ni Pagara, alam kong malakas si Pagara, at alam ko na siya yung isa sa few na fighters na talagang nag-eensayo ng husto, so alam ko na readyng-ready na siya sa laban with Juarez.”

“Pagara is very promising, maraming talent si Pagara, he has a lot of future, looking at him, he’s a very capable fighter.” Donaire added. 

Can Albert Pagara take the next step in his pro boxing career? We’ll find out after Saturday’s main event. 


“Prince” Albert Pagara puts his  WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Championship on the line against Mexico’s Cesar Juarez at  Pinoy Pride 37: Fists of the Future on Saturday, July 9th at the San Mateo Events Center in San Mateo, California. 

Catch the telecast on Sunday, July 10, 3:30 PM on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 7:00 PM on ABS-CBN Sports+Action channel 23! 

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