MANILA, Philippines – If ever the unification title bout between four-division champion Nonito Donaire Jr. and unbeaten Mexican Abner Mares pushes through, The “Filipino Flash” will have the upper hand, a boxing trainer said.
Ronnie Shields, former junior welterweight contender and now boxing coach, said Donaire has the advantage as far as boxing styles are concerned.
“I like Mares, he’s a really good fighter and he’s going to be competitive in the fight if it happens. But I just think Donaire is one step ahead of him,” Shields said in an interview with Boxing Scene’s Chris Robinson.
Donaire currently owns the WBO and RING Magazine super bantamweight titles, while Mares is the WBC 122-pound titlist.
The Filipino Flash is reportedly set up for an April 13 bout against WBA super bantam king Guillermo Rigondeaux, but Mares’ camp is making efforts to have Donaire fight Mares first.
Mares is known for his rugged style and constant pressure against his opponents.
But Donaire is the sleeker boxer with one-punch knockout power, particularly while using his left hook.
“Abner Mares is a really good fighter. But, between him and Donaire, I would have to pick Donaire,” said Shields.