Nonito Donaire of Philippines. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
LOS ANGELES – As Manny Pacquiao took a day off on Monday, Top Rank Promotions put the finishing touches on the fight of another Filipino star – Nonito Donaire.
Donaire will take on South Africa’s Simpiwe Vetyeka, who holds both the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Organization featherweight titles.
The two will face off in Macau in May, and a victory for Donaire will give him his fourth title in a fourth different weight division.
“May 31st, Donaire-Simpiwe is the main event in Macau,” said Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum. “We’ll be advertising everything very shortly.”
Another Filipino boxer is also hoping to get on the same fight card.
Brian Viloria, “The Hawaiian Punch,” is hoping to fight in Macau as well, but he still needs to win a fight later this month in Las Vegas.
“Viloria is fighting on March 29th, and hopefully he comes through with the fight, and then he’s ready to fight on May 31st,” said Arum.