MANILA, Philippines – Although a Nonito Donaire-Jorge Arce fight is still up in the air, Mexican champion Orlando Salido shared his thoughts about the anticipated clash.
"Donaire is a favorite in that fight for his speed and manner of fighting,” Salido, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion, told boxing website Notifight.
But Salido pointed out that the all-or-nothing fighting style of his fellow Mexican Arce makes it a risky bout for Donaire.
“The Menace (Arce’s nickname) was a world champion in that division and is a dangerous fighter,” said Salido.
Donaire, the current WBO and World Boxing Council (WBC) Diamond super bantamweight king, is in the middle of negotiations for an Arce fight on December 5.
However, the Filipino Flash said Arce is asking too much money for the bout.
“He wants more than what he deserves,” Donaire said in an interview with PTV Sports, as quoted by Examiner.
Salido, meanwhile, said he is open to fighting Donaire if the latter decides to climb the featherweight ranks.
“I am in the prime of my career, both mentally and physically. I’m in the best condition of my career, and I want to fight the best in the world,” he said.