MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is enjoying the chance to once again work with his father, Nonito Sr., after father and son reconciled earlier this month.
“It has just been great to have him around,” said Donaire in an interview with RingTV.
It was Donaire’s wife, Rachel, who initiated the reconciliation between father and son, and the boxer said their reunion “wasn’t weird.”
“The weirdest thing about it was that it wasn’t weird. The last time, when we tried to reconcile, everybody was pointing fingers at everybody,” he said.
“But this time, we were like, ‘Let’s not even talk about the past. Let’s just move on and be a better family and be father and son,’” he added. “We just refused to talk about the past and to move on and to learn from it and to bury all of our pride, and that was just how it went.”
Donaire Sr. is now helping his son prepare for his upcoming fight against Vic Darchinyan, a rematch of their 2007 showdown that saw “The Filipino Flash” win by knockout.
“For now, he’s my mitts guy. He’s a pad guy,” Donaire said of his father. “We worked on the pad and on defense and just using distance, just trying to re-memorize some of the muscles that I’ve forgotten to use with my speed.”
Donaire is trying to recover from a decision loss against Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux earlier this year, which was his first defeat in 11 years.
“Definitely, with my dad around, we’ve organized the way that I’ve been fighting,” said Donaire, who was named the 2012 Fighter of the Year. “We’ve been doing things, mentally, in the ring where I’m going back to the basics in boxing.”