MANILA, Philippines – Boxing champion Nonito Donaire Jr. only smiled after he heard the news that Mexico’s Jorge Arce wasn’t impressed with his credentials as a fighter.
“OK lang sa akin ‘yun, kasi malalaman natin talaga sa ring kung magaling ba siya o magaling ba ako (It’s OK with me, we’ll soon find out in the ring if he’s good or I’m good),” Donaire said following his arrival in Manila on Saturday.
Donaire, who retained his World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight titles against Toshiaki Nishioka, is reportedly set to face Arce on December 15.
His promoter Bob Arum is expected to announce the fight on Monday.
Arce earlier claimed that Donaire was successful in his recent bouts because most of his opponents were afraid to fight.
"I'm not impressed. He is not the monster they believe he is. What happens is that [the opponents] have too much respect, they pull punches, start to survive and allow him to come on," the Mexican was quoted as saying.
Donaire said Arce in entitled to his own opinion.
But The Filipino Flash said the Mexican might change his opinion as soon as they step onto the canvass.
“Kung sasabihin niya sa sarili niya na hindi siya impressed, that’s a big mistake. Kasi ‘pag nasa loob na ng ring, iba na ang usapan (If he tells himself that he’s not impressed, that’s big mistake. It’s always different inside the ring),” said Donaire.
Donaire was actually supposed to fight Arce this month.
However, the Mexican brawler priced himself out of the fight and settled for a tune up bout instead.
This led to Donaire’s title defense against Nishioka.