Nonito Donaire Jr. expects Manny Pacquiao to do well against Adrien Broner
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 16, 2019 12:20 PM
"Manny, he’s always going to be that monster that person with tremendous power, it’s just him showing up, and I think he’s going to do really well, especially after the last fight," - Nonito Donaire Jr.
Every time Manny Pacquiao is in town to fight, the stars come out to check out the festivities, and one such star who was present in Las Vegas was none other than Filipino boxing star Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire.
Donaire, the current reigning WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Champion, is just one of three Filipino boxers to hold a world championship in four weight divisions, along with Donnie Nietes, and of course, Pacquiao.
The Vegas-based Boholano was at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to check out the festivities, and ABS-CBN's TJ Manotoc was there to catch up with "The Filipino Flash" who expects Pacquiao to do well in his WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship defense against Adrien Broner on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).
"Manny, he’s always going to be that monster that person with tremendous power, it’s just him showing up, and I think he’s going to do really well, especially after the last fight," Donaire said.
One of the more prevalent storylines heading into the bout is that at 40 years of age, Pacquiao isn't exactly in his prime anymore.
Still, Donaire, who himself is on the other side of 30 at 36, believes that it's not about age, but rather about staying healthy.
"I think that it doesn’t matter too much, as long as you’re healthy," he said. "You have [Bernard] Hopkins at 50-something, you have a lot of the guys at 50-something making it happen, I think Manny can make it happen as long as he stays disciplined."
This will be Pacquiao's first time back in Las Vegas in two years, and Donaire believes that fighting in the boxing capital of the world is an experience unlike any other.
Donaire Jr. has had some Vegas moments of his own, most notably his second-round KO win over Fernando Montiel to capture the WBC and WBO World Bantamweight World Championships back in 2011.
"It’s a different atmosphere here in Vegas, it’s just different from around the world, Vegas is just more grand, there’s just so much more to do, so much more fans, it’s an amazing atmosphere, it’s hard to explain but just the energy itself is amazing."
Now, Donaire is again a champion, and he's looking to unify a pair of titles the next time he steps into a boxing ring.
The WBA titleholder is set to face WBO Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Tournament.
Donaire Jr. earned his spot and the title after getting past Ryan Burnett in the quarterfinals.
"We’re not quite sure yet [when the fight will be], maybe around March or April, they’re just deciding on the time, the venue, the schedule, the whole information, but as for now, we’re at the semifinals for the World Boxing Super Series Tournament, against Zolani Tete. My WBA against his WBO, that will be a unification bout."
Caught up with @filipinoflash Nonito Donaire at the MGM. He shared us his timeline for his next fight for the World Boxing Super Series and his thoughts on #PacquiaoBroner @ANCALERTS @DZMMTeleRadyo @ABSCBNNews @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/4bNAdLDLnh— TJ Manotoc (@tjmanotoc) January 16, 2019