Nonito Donaire prepares for Big Apple fight

October 20, 2011 9:22:00 PM PDT
Bay Area boxer Nonito Donaire fights in Madison Square Garden for the first time on Saturday night against undefeated Omar Narvaez. Donaire is coming off a six-month layoff and had to work hard to get down to 118 pounds, but man, can he punch.

If Donaire has any anxiety about his upcoming bout, you sure couldn't detect it by watching him at his open workout.

Donaire's crushing knockout win in his last fight established the Filipino Flash as one of the top boxers in the world, pound for pound -- mentioned with names like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

On Saturday Nonito faces Narvaez who is undefeated in 37 bouts.

"Experience. He definitely has experience in fighting. He's won and he's never been defeated. My main goal is to defeat him. To give him that one," said Donaire.

But Donaire is bigger, stronger, younger and faster. Trainer Robert Garcia thinks Donaire will be fine.

"Nonito is so powerful, and so quick, that I have no doubt that he's going to finish him off before the 5th round," said Donaire's trainer Robert Garcia.

Victor Conte is once again a part of Team Donaire. The controversial ex-BALCO boss handles Donaire's nutrition and believes this bout in the Big Apple is a big opportunity.

"He needs a very dominating victory here. And I think he's going to get that. Nonito is an exciting fighter because he's got that famous left hook that he knocks everybody out with," said Conte.

Well, not everybody -- Donaire couldn't quit finish me off when we sparred months ago and he apparently wants some more.

"I don't see Larry Beil anywhere. Larry Beil in the building? Larry Beil in the building? Oh, he's ducking. Larry...I'm gunning for you my friend, you better be ready. I'm too fast. Did you see that? I just went to grab a cookie," said Donaire as he bobbed in front of the camera.


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