MANILA, Philippines – Two world titles will be put at stake on Saturday’s (Sunday in Manila) Pinoy Power III in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nonito “the Filipino Flash” Donaire, Jr. will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super flyweight championship in the main event against Mexico’s Gerson “El Nene” Guerrero at the Hilton Hotel and Casino.
Donaire's comrade, Ciso "El Terrible" Morales, will be fighting for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight belt against title holder Fernando Montiel of Mexico.
The Filipino Flash said he would be ecstatic if he scores a knockout over Guerrero.
“Wala naman talagang satisfying victory kundi knockout... Para sa akin mas maganda knockout victory,” said Donaire, who has 22 wins (14 coming by way of knockouts) against 1 loss.
But he is wary of his foe as Guerrero also has “knockout power.” The Mexican has 34 wins (with 26 KOs) and 8 losses.
“‘Pag may lakas ang kalaban mo dangerous eh,” he said.
Donaire is currently slimming down to make the 115-pound limit.
ABS-CBN Correspondent Dyan Castillejo reported that Donaire was 123 pounds as of Tuesday.
Even if it has been a struggle to lose weight, Donaire thinks he can make the weight during the weigh-in on Friday (Saturday in Manila).
“Sa weigh-in kailangan dalhin sa banana at pedialite,” he said.
Donaire has not been eating rice for a month. He is currently on a spartan diet of soup with egg and vegetables until the weigh-in.
Just like Donaire, Morales is working on losing weight for his Pinoy Power III bout.
He will face the biggest challenge in his young career by facing a boxing veteran in Montiel.
“Ito ang pangarap ko, makalaban si Montiel,” said Morales, who declared his readiness to win a world title in his US debut.
The undefeated Morales has already collected 14 wins with 8 coming from way of knockouts. This record, however, pales in comparison to Montiel's 39 career wins (29 KOs), 2 losses and 2 draws.
But Kid Terrible is undaunted as he gets ample support from Donaire Jr.'s father, Nonito Donaire Sr. and best friend, former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona.
Sonsona himself is getting busy for his fight against Puerto Rican Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. in Puerto Rico on February 27. – Report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News