MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico was impressed with Nonito Donaire’s performance against Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka in their super bantamweight clash last Saturday.
Donaire overcame a tentative Nishioka to win via technical knockout in the ninth round. His dominant performance against one of the top fighters in the weight class led some analysts to say that “The Filipino Flash” is now reaching the level of another Filipino superstar, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
“They are different in style,” Barrera said of Donaire and Pacquiao in an interview with Boxing Scene.
Barrera was at ringside for Donaire’s victory, while he is also highly familiar with Pacquiao, having lost to the Pacman twice.
“Nonito Donaire, he is more intelligent. Manny Pacquiao, he throws punches all the time, but I like Nonito Donaire (more),” Barrera admitted.
He is all praises for “The Filipino Flash,” saying that he “looked very good.”
“He moved very fast. Nishioka didn’t want to throw punches,” Barrera said. “It was a very good win for Nonito Donaire.”
Barrera lost to Pacquiao via a 11th round TKO when they fought in November 2003. He lost their 2007 rematch via unanimous decision.
Barrera last fought in February 2011, defeating Jose Arias via a second round TKO.