The reason why Nonito Donaire never fought in the undercards of Manny Pacquiao’s fights was because as a rising star he was on his way to building a PPV show of his own.
There are other angles, too, that point to a rivalry between the two Filipino boxing champion, as reported by Sportsblog.
But that was then, and he’s admitted since that he let his popularity get into his head. He began to detest training, and in the process resulted in poor performances, losses, and some poor career decisions.
He’s also been criticized for facing poor opposition that only served to make him look good in the ring, but were essentially meaningless battles with relative unknowns, of smaller, shorter foes.
But when I spoke to him months ago, he resembled the fighter who years ago sought the toughest challengers in his division. He was determined, seeking a rematch with Guillermo Rigondeaux, and even eyeing on Vasyl Lomachenko.
Of Cuban boxing star Guillermo Rigondeaux, he feels he’s being avoided, robbed of a chance to avenge his loss. But he remains to be Nonito’s ultimate target, and he believes he’ll get his chance one day.
He seems to possess the vitality that we saw on the decline in his past fights. But if there’s a solid manifestation of a true desire to make it back to the top of the world’s rankings, it is the Nonito Donaire fight with the undefeated Jessie Magdaleno.
While the Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas matches up is continuously rocked with negative comments, and even ending up being abandoned by HBO’s platform, the following addition of Donaire’s bout is gradually drawing attention.
The undefeated Jessie Magdaleno has the youth to level with Nonito’s revitalized outlook. At 24, he’s 9 years younger, and he has the speed and killer instincts natural to the gale of his age.
He lacks an inch in height, but has the longer reach, and could be the hungrier fighter out there to prove his worth against someone who’s already had his share of the limelight.
The Nonito Donaire fight with Jessie Magdaleno may steal the thunder of the Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas main event. It promises to be more physical, as it is more intriguing, and it may well end up the better fight of them all on November 5th.
Most of all, it gives the audience an impression of an impending threat, a toss-up, that instills our curiosity.
Will Nonito Donaire gas out in the later rounds, or re-injure his fist along the way? Or, would his daunting left hook take advantage of Jessie Magdaleno’s tendency to drop his right arm, and knock him out as he used to back in the day?
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