Nonito Donaire and Manny Pacquiao.(Composite Photo)
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire praised former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao for what the “Pacman” has achieved in the sport, even as he pointed out the differences between himself and Pacquiao.
“I most certainly respect who he is and what he has done for the country, for everyone, and for the Filipino fighters,” Donaire said on “The Bottomline with Boy Abunda.”
Donaire described Pacquiao as “a fighter who has no fear inside that ring.”
“He is very overpowering in terms of how he is, or the way he was – and still is,” said Donaire. “He is someone you can fear inside that ring, because of his style.”
“He’s all over the place,” he added, referring to Pacquiao’s famously ferocious fighting style that involves the “Pacman” unleashing punches from all angles.
His style is different, said “The Filipino Flash.”
“Iba ‘yung style ko,” said Donaire. “For me, I’m a sharpshooter. When I punch, I want to make sure they go down.”
“But Manny, he shoots so many punches, and that is the most tiring style that you can use in boxing,” he added.
“Me, I’m more of a game-planner. Nakikita ko ‘yung suntok, pina-plano ko ‘yung step ko. With Manny, he plans a little bit, but mostly, with his style, he dazes everyone with punches coming at them. You can’t see where it’s coming from.”
It is highly unlikely that Pacquiao and Donaire will ever fight, although Donaire insists he fears no one, not even Pacquiao.
“As a fighter, wala akong takot eh. You know, you go in there, you may feel a little bit of excitement, a little bit of butterflies,” said Donaire. “But it’s what you do. And I’m not afraid of anyone.”