MANILA, Philippines – Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr., who is set to defend his bantamweight titles on October 22, shrugged off criticisms from renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach.
Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s boxing coach, was earlier quoted as saying that Donaire was just lucky to have won over Vic Darchinyan and Fernando Montiel.
"Freddie is a knowledgeable trainer and he has his opinion,” was Donaire’s reaction in Boxingscene.com.
“I am happy he said that because it makes me know that I made the right decision in picking my team," he added.
Roach told the Manila Times that Donaire was "either damn lucky or the cornermen of his last four opponents are just plain dumb."
He added that Donaire has been using the same finishing move - a left hook - to knock out his last 4 opponents.
Donaire’s trainer Robert Garcia fired back at Roach, saying Roach is jealous because the latter wishes to train "The Filipino Flash."
"He wishes he had Nonito. Who else does he have besides Manny Pacquiao? Jorge Linares? Amir Khan will get destroyed if he fights (Floyd) Mayweather," Garcia said.
Donaire will defend his WBC and WBO welterweight titles against Argentina’s undefeated boxer Omar Narvaez in New York.
The fight will be aired locally by ABS-CBN Channel 2 on October 23, Sunday.