MANILA, Philippines – Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire said he will use his height, speed and power to beat Mexican champion Fernando Montiel on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Donaire even said that there is a possibility that the fight won't last 6 rounds.
“Siguro, early rounds masasabi ko. Siguro before 6 [rounds, I can knock him out],” he told ABS-CBN correspondent Dyan Castillejo.
Donaire also assured his fans not to worry about the sacrifices he has to go through in making the 118-pound limit.
He said the weight loss does not weaken him as his food intake and exercise are all calculated up to the official weigh-in on Friday (Saturday in Manila).
Last bantamweight fight
Montiel, on the other hand, said that the Donaire fight will be his last in bantamweight fight, which is why he is aiming for a big win before climbing another weight class.
The Mexican said he will first defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight crowns against Donaire before entering the super bantamweight division.
The 5’4” Montiel said he is unfazed despite Donaire’s height. The Filipino Flash enjoys a 3-inch height advantage over the Mexican.
Montiel said he throws the heavier punches and has no problems facing taller fighters.
“I’m sure I can knock him out before 10 rounds,” said the Mexican.
Boxing analysts have mixed forecasts about the fight.
Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole think the Filipino Flash has the tools to beat the Mexican.
“Obviously, Donaire is a little bit faster and I think he's a little bit more accurate puncher,” said Iole.
Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review, however, sees otherwise.
"I see that Montiel's experience in his weight class maybe enough to get him over the hump,” said Carp.
Oddsmakers also favor the Filipino Flash to win the fight.
A $250 bet on Donaire will yield $100 while it only takes a $100 bet for Montiel to get $210. -- With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News
Catch Ang Pagtutuos: Nonito Donaire vs. Fernando Montiel on Feb. 20, Sunday at 10:15 a.m. on ABS-CBN Channel 2 (replay at 11:30 p.m.) and 9 p.m. on Studio 23.