MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico is already calling out Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire even though he is scheduled to face unbeaten boxer Mikey Garcia this Saturday in Dallas.
Lopez is challenging Garcia for the WBO featherweight title, but he is already looking forward to his next fight at the weight division.
"After Mikey Garcia, I want to fight Nonito Donaire," Lopez said in an interview with Boxing Scene.
Donaire has not fought since losing his super bantamweight belts to Guillermo Rigondeaux in April. He has long been planning a move to featherweight and may return to the ring later this year.
Lopez, who at 29 years old is a veteran of 35 fights, plans to make Donaire his last bout at the featherweight division.
"I'm going to move up to 130-pounds (super featherweight) to pursue a title there," he said.
Lopez has a record of 33 wins and two losses, with 30 victories coming by way of knockout. He has previously held the WBO super bantamweight and featherweight championships.