MANILA, Philippines – Oddsmakers favor top bantamweight contender Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. to win over the seasoned world boxing champion Fernando Montiel of Mexico in their coming February fight.
Donaire is seen as a 2-1 favorite in his first world bantamweight title shot against Montiel, according to Examiner.com.
A separate report by ABS-CBN North America Bureau’s Bev Llorente said oddsmakers place Donaire at -220 while they put Montiel at +180.
This means that if Donaire wins, a $220-bet will only earn you $100. A Montiel victory, on the other hand, will only require a bet of $180 for a $100-win.
The two boxers had their first face-off on Tuesday in a press conference that announced their February 19 fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nevada.
Montiel, the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight champion, is unfazed with the underdog tag.
The Mexican explained that he has the ability to adjust to any kind of boxing style.
“Sometimes guys come in there and decide to box, I have to chase them and make them fight. Other times, they come to me and I become a good counter-puncher,” said Montiel.
“I’ll be ready [for] whatever style he brings,” he added.
Montiel, nicknamed as Cochulito or “The Rooster,” has a record of 43 wins (33 knockouts), 2 losses and 2 draws. He easily disposed of fellow Mexican Jovanny Soto in 2 rounds last December.
Donaire: Speed is the answer
Donaire knows that the Mexican is a devastating puncher. He, however, believes he has the tools needed to beat Montiel.
“Alam ko na may lakas siya pero mas mabilis ako sa kanya. Nakikita mo naman sa laban ni [Manny] Pacquiao na ‘pag mas mabilis ka sa kalaban mo, matatalo mo sila,” said the Filipino Flash.
(I know he has power but I’m faster than him. You see in Pacquiao’s fights that if you’re faster than your opponent, you have a bigger chance of winning).
Donaire acknowledged that Montiel is a veteran of many fights, and therefore has a deeper experience in the ring.
But he said his boxing talent and skills will spell the difference in the fight.
“Beterano ito si Montiel, alam nya kung paano lumaban at paano manalo… ako, talented din ako, may skills din ako na matalo ko siya, kahit na beterano siya, said Donaire.
(Montiel is a veteran, he knows how to fight and how to win. I’m talented, too. I have the skills to beat him even if he’s veteran).
Donaire, Ring Magazine's Top 5 pound-for-pound fighter, has a record of 25 wins (17 knockouts) and 1 loss. He recently gave former world champion Vladimir Sidorenko of Ukraine a 4-round beating.
The Donaire-Montiel fight will be aired locally by ABS-CBN on February 20. – With a report from Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau