MANILA, Philippines – Nonito Donaire is confident that he will have no trouble making the 126-pound featherweight limit even though he admits that he has been eating quite a lot since he has returned to the Philippines.
“I love the Filipino food,” Donaire said in a press conference on Tuesday, where it was formally announced that he will challenge South African Simpiwe Vetyeka for the WBA featherweight belt in Macau on May 31.
“I’m gonna be honest,” he added. “I’m about 140 (pounds) right now, which is okay.”
Donaire believes that with the heat and humidity in the Philippines, he will have no trouble shedding the excess weight, noting that his rigorous training camp should take care of the extra pounds.
“Given that I’ve been eating like crazy, my father and I got in shape really fast,” he said.
“Right now, I’ve just been sparring for four rounds, but maganda na ‘yung stamina ko in terms of where I started. Siguro, mga 140 (pounds) ako ngayon but that’s a given, and right now pa lang kami mag-start ng rigorous (training),” he added.
“Next week, six rounds ako, the following week, eight rounds, and then 10, and then 12 in the final week, and then I’ll be ready.”
His father, Nonito Sr., who will serve as his chief trainer for the fight, is similarly confident that weight will not be an issue.
“It’s only 14 pounds,” Nonito Sr. said. “That’s like baby fat.”