'Filipino Flash' in high spirits ahead of title clash
MANHATTAN BEACH, California -- It's the calm before the storm for the “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire Jr., sweating off a few pounds on the eve of his weigh-in for Saturday's super bantamweight title match against Japan's “Speed King” Toshiaki Nishioka.
“I'm usually starving, this time it's not bad at all, but I feel good, that's the important part,” said Donaire.
Before his light workout, Donaire and Nishioka spoke to the international media on Thursday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming fight which will determine the top 122-pound fighter in the world.
“He has strong recognition and he's been a world champion in 4 different weight classes, and i don't believe he's better but this fight will prove whose better,” said Nishioka, the World Boxing Council (WBC) emeritus champion.
At stake in the fight are Donaire’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) belts.
Also thrown into the mix are the WBC Diamond belt and the RING Magazine 122-pound title.
The relaxed Donaire even joked about having children with his wife, former taekwondo champion Rachel.
“We're thinking about next year already, for sure if that happens, his traveling schedule, jumping around everywhere needs to slow down,” said Rachel.
“The baby project, definitely magpa-practice ako nang husto. Kasi when you practice, it makes perfect ‘di ba,” quipped Donaire.
Japanese media and fight fans have come to Southern California to see their Speed King.
The fights, which will take place in a nearly sold out Home Depot Center in Carson, will air on Showtime Saturday night in the US, while it airs on ABS-CBN in the Philippines on Sunday.
It will also air live in Japan.
With both fighters known for their speed, smarts, and strength, analysts are having trouble predicting an outcome.
Top Rank chief Bob Arum believes this battle will not only decide the top super bantamweight in the world, he believes this may be a strong candidate for fight of the year.