MANILA, Philippines – Mexican great Julio Cesar Chavez said that among the current crop of fighters, four-division champion Nonito Donaire Jr. seems to be the one headed for greatness.
Chavez, who has fought the best boxers from the late 1980s to the late 1990s, believes Donaire’s would shine the brightest once Floyd Mayweather Jr. retires.
"It's hard, it's difficult to select one, but I think Nonito Donaire is proving to be one of the best in the world," the Mexican boxing legend said in an interview with ESPN Deportes.
"Especially because Floyd Mayweather [won’t] last long… Nonito Donaire is, I think, he is going to rule," he added.
Last December, Donaire halted Chavez’s fellow Mexican, Jorge Arce, in just three rounds.
The win was only one of four in 2012, when he reigned supreme in the super bantamweight division.
Donaire, the reigning WBO and the RING super bantamweight champion, is currently rated as the No. 5 pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
The “Filipino Flash” is set to make his ring return in April against WBA 122-pound champion Guillermo Rignodeaux of Cuba.