MANILA, Philippines - WBC and WBO bantamweight champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire plans to put on a show for boxing fans on Saturday (Sunday morning in Manila) when he takes on Omar Narvaez at the Theater in Madison Square Garden.
|Nonito Donaire held a public workout at the Undisputed Gym in San Carlos, California before coming to New York.
It will be Donaire's first time to fight in New York City, and he admits that is very excited to fight in the historic venue.
"I'm very, very excited," Donaire said in a chat with boxing fans through ESPN. "It's the mecca of boxing. A lot of fighters dream of fighting there."
Donaire will be defending his bantamweight belts against the undefeated Narvaez, who will be fighting in the United States for the first time. It will also be Narvaez' debut at the bantamweight division.
"The Filipino Flash" promised his fans that they will see a showcase of his skills come fight time.
"You are going to see power and speed and just a real variety. I will respond to whatever my opponent gives me. I want to showcase all my skills and perform a knockout if I can," Donaire said.
He adds, however, that he is ready for a war and is prepared to battle for 12 rounds if necessary.
"If we can take him out as early as the first round, we will. But if it goes to 12 rounds, we are also ready for a 12-round fight," Donaire said in a separate ESPN interview.
Although he remains confident, Donaire admits that Narvaez will pose some problems for him.
"His southpaw stance is very difficult, because he is very short," Donaire said of the 5-foot-3 Narvaez. "He is going to be very tough, and he is very experienced."
|Argentina's Omar Narvaez.
Moreover, Donaire has not seen much of Narvaez, as he does not usually study his opponents prior to stepping inside the ring.
"My trainer, Robert Garcia, is the one that has been looking at all the videos, and we're going to watch more later so we can study him a little bit more," Donaire said. "But I don't really usually study my opponents."
Donaire has said in other interviews that his biggest challenge will be to give Narvaez his first defeat.
"Me and Robert and my team were very prepared for everything that he brings, because we know that he will have to represent his country of Argentina," said Donaire.
Even though Donaire insists that he is focused on Narvaez, the Filipino-American boxer is already planning to jump up in weight and has a list of possible opponents in mind.
"This is our last fight at 118 pounds, and we're definitely moving to 122," Donaire said. "And there is one guy that is very experienced, more than others, and that's Jorge Arce."
Arce and Donaire are good friends, and they watched the recent Rafael Marquez-Toshiaki Nishioka bout together at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"But at 122 pounds, he's one of the best in that weight class, and I am the type of fighter to fight the best," Donaire said. "Jorge Arce is one of the guys that I want to fight because I have a lot of respect for Jorge."
Arce is a more experienced boxer than Donaire, with a record of 58 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws. He is currently at number 8 in The RING's junior featherweight rankings.
"He holds the title that I want," Donaire said of Arce, who is the current WBO junior featherweight champion.
A move to junior featherweight may not be the last step for Donaire, who also plans to fight in the featherweight division, where he may end up facing Cuban featherweight king Yuriorkis Gamboa.