MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is not completely ruling out a fight against unbeaten American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., even as they fight in separate weight classes.
Mayweather is a champion at welterweight (147 pounds), while Donaire is about to make his debut at featherweight (126 pounds) on May 10.
“I would have to gain a lot of weight (to fight Mayweather),” said Donaire in an interview on ANC’s “Headstart” on Monday. “Right now, I’m at 147, 145 pounds. If I can turn that all into muscle, then I would be able to put my name in the lottery with Mayweather.”
But Donaire stressed that a bout against Mayweather would be “something that I want, because I want to fight the best out there.”
“I would love that. I would love that,” he said.
Mayweather returns to the ring on May 3 against Argentina’s Marcos Maidana, in what will be the third of a lucrative six-fight deal with the network Showtime.
Although Donaire is not ruling out a Mayweather showdown, that does not mean he sees a lot of similarities between himself and the American superstar.
Donaire said that unlike Mayweather, he is also concerned with putting on a show, and not just winning.
“A lot of fighters, like Mayweather, they don’t care about the fans. They won’t give you an exciting fight. It’s more, ‘I wanna win the fight.’ For me, it’s more, ‘I’m gonna do this because I owe it to the fans’,” said Donaire.
“I love my fans. Everything that I am is because they supported me, and the least I can do for them is to give them the best of what I can give them,” he added.
That being said, Donaire understands that Mayweather does have the right to talk trash because of his spotless record and reputation as a pay-per-view draw.
“He talks, he has the right to do it. But for me, I just kind of do the things, and give the example that when you work hard, anything is possible,” said Donaire.