Nonito Donaire Jr: Pacquiao needs to start with Jesse Vargas
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 25, 2016 12:56 PM
"“Manny will always be a dangerous fighter because he has an unorthodox level of fighting and style, and he’ll always have that power," - - Nonito Donaire Jr.
When Terence “Bud” Crawford put on a twelve-round clinic against Viktor "The Iceman" Postol, Saturday night, he accomplished a great number of things.
He unified the WBO and WBC junior welterweight championships, he remained unbeaten in 29 professional bouts, and coincidentally, became the first man to defeat Postol in 29 fights as well, and he also cemented his spot as one of the pound-for-pound best in boxing today.
Oh, and he just put himself in a great position to take on a surefire legend in the returning Manny Pacquiao.
Weeks heading into the Crawford-Postol bout, it was announced that Pacquiao’s return bout was going to be against the winner of the junior welterweight title unification bout, or WBO welterweight champion Jesse Vargas.
Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum said that Pacman’s opponent would be determined after the bout, so it should be announced in the coming days.
Another Pinoy world champion however, gave his two cents on who “The Pambansang Kamao” should take on next.
Reigning WBO super bantamweight king Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire was in attendance at the Crawford-Postol bout at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, and had dished out a bit of analysis on the bout, as well as who he thinks Pacquiao should fight.
“I think he should start with Jesse [Vargas] for now,” Donaire said in an interview with FightHype.com. “He needs to start with Jesse, Jesse’s an incredible fighter too, and just get on the level because, again, Crawford is very young, very hungry, he’s not been at that level yet, for years,”
Manny Pacquiao was once heralded by many as the world’s top pound-for-pound boxer after claiming a record eight world titles in eight different divisions. Now at 37 years of age however, the newly-inducted Philippine Senator hasn’t been at the top of his game for quite a while, and for Donaire, that’s going to be the main disadvantage.
“Manny’s always gonna have that power, it’s just pretty scary, he’s not gonna be as fast as before, and the advantage will go to Crawford.”
Donaire also pointed out that at just 28 years of age, Crawford appears to be at his prime.
“Bud is just getting better and better and better, and he’s only 28. Manny’s just starting to slow down, you’ saw it from the greats, that when you rely on speed, it starts to slow down.”
“Manny will always be a dangerous fighter because he has an unorthodox level of fighting and style, and he’ll always have that power, but Crawford will take away what weapon you have and just confuse everything.” Donaire added.
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Whoever Pacquiao ends up fighting, it’s bound to be a big draw, and the fighting senator could get his hands at another world title.
Donaire himself is scheduled to fight again, later this year.