MANILA, Philippines – Despite demolishing Jorge Arce in just three rounds, “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire Jr. feels he still committed mistakes during his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight title defense over the weekend.
Donaire told veteran sportscaster Ronnie Nathanielsz that it would have been costly if he committed the missteps against a better opponent.
“I felt that I made so many mistakes early on and if he [Arce] was a better opponent he could have capitalized on it and I could have been in trouble,” said the four-division world champion.
Donaire said that some of the weaknesses he has shown was his overconfidence and reluctance to initiate the action while fighting the Mexican brawler.
He promised himself he would check those errors and become a more effective fighter in the future.
“That’s one thing I have to get out of my system. It’s to learn not to be too confident and too relaxed and to go out there and start my game plan rather than wait for it,” said the Filipino Flash.
However, some of his team mates said Donaire was just being hard on himself.
“If you ask my trainer Brian Schwartz he was like ‘why are you acting like that?” said Donaire.
Donaire first dropped Arce in the second round when he tagged the Mexican with a left hook-right upper cut combination.
He decked Arce three more times, finishing the fight with his trademark left hook that sent the Mexican crashing down the canvass 2:59 into the third round.