Says ties with Margarito trainer won't affect his stance
|Manny Pacquiao with trainer Freddie Roach.
MANILA, Philippines – “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire Jr. assured local boxing fans that he will support compatriot and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao in his fight against Mexico’s Antonio “The Tornado” Margarito in November.
This is despite Donaire’s ties with his boxing coach Robert Garcia, who also trains Margarito.
“Of course I’m gonna be with Manny’s corner, no matter what,” said Donaire, who is currently waiting for a match against another Mexican champ, World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight king Fernando Montiel.
“As much as may relationship kami ni Robert, wala kaming relationship ni Margarito. It’s just me and Robert,” assured the Filipino Flash.
Donaire, who holds the World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super flyweight title, added that Garcia is a professional who won't ask for tips on how to beat the “Pacman”.
“Actually, I don’t even talk with Robert ‘pag wala akong laban. Pero he’s one of the nicest guys I‘ve known so I chose him [to train me],” he said.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is currently working out a deal between Pacquiao and Margarito for a November 13 fight.
Among the places being considered for the fight are Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates, Moterrey in Mexico, and Arlington in Texas.
Fighting in Pacquiao undercard
|Nonito Donaire with Top Rank's Bob Arum.
Donaire, meanwhile, said he dreams to fight one day in the undercard of one of Pacquiao’s fights.
The Filipino Flash said if his fight against Montiel pushes through, he hopes it will be included in the November 13 card.
“Not once na nagiging undercard ako ni Manny. Sana kahit one time lang,” he said.
However, said he will also be content on whatever fight card he gets.
Arum said the Donaire-Montiel bout could happen on December 4, the planned fight date of Puerto Rico’s Cotto and Mexico’s Chavez.
“Whatever works,” said Donaire. “Hindi naman ako mapili sa ganoon eh. Kung saan may fight, doon ako.”