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Donaire: No space for mistake vs Montiel


MANILA, Philippines – Filipino champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. is excited about his February 19 (February 20 in Manila) bout against reigning bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel of Mexico.


“He's been a champion for a long time. Alam ng mga tao, alam ng mga boxing writers na magaling ito (People know, even boxing writers, know he’s very good)," Donaire said, referring to his upcoming opponent.


The Filipino Flash arrived in Manila on Tuesday and dropped by radio dzMM to guest in Tambalang Failon at Webb.


Donaire, who recently knocked out Ukraine’s Wladimir Sidorenko in 4 rounds, will be challenging Montiel for the World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight crowns.


“Two belts ang hawak niya. Ito ang pinakamagaling na makakaharap ko (He has two belts. He will be the best boxer that I will be facing),” he said.


He will stay the Philippines for a week before beginning his preparations for the Montiel fight.


Donaire said he will be in serious training for what will be his biggest fight to date. He has decided to skip Christmas break to make way for his preparations.


“Pupunta kaming Japan para may mga ka-sparring. Then pupunta sa States (We’ll head to Japan to spar. Then head to the United States),” he said.


“Magaling si Montiel [Montiel is good] and no space for mistake,” Donaire added.


The Mexican himself is coming from a knockout victory. He disposed of fellow Mexican Jovanny Soto in just 2 rounds.


Donaire said this is an indication that he means business.


“I'm glad he did a good job. They had people like 'oh, they are really into it',” said the Filipino in a separate interview in Fighthype.com.


When asked about his climb in weight, Donaire said its effects on his performance are definitely positive.


The Filipino recently campaigned as a super flyweight (115 pounds) before climbing to bantamweight (118 lbs.). He also fought as a flyweight (112 lbs.).


“I feel good,” said Donaire. “My weight is definitely a plus to my ability to my speed and everything.”


“I'm expecting a good fight, that's all I can say. I'm gonna do my best,” he added.

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