By Robert Hough
Nonito Donaire Jr., joked and sweated through a public workout Saturday in San Carlos Calif., about 25 south of San Francisco, for about 200 local fans and about 200 fans around the world. Donaire (22-1, 14 KOs), who has his Web address—www.filipinoflash.com—on his trunks, set up a live stream so people could watch online. The interim WBA super flyweight champion, who fights Gerson Guerrero (34-8-0, 26 KOs) February 13 on the Pinoy Power 3 pay-per-view card, showed the two-hour event on Ustream, part of his expansive online presence.
“It’s a lot of fun to do things online and keep active with my Web site,” Donaire, who has 3,993 fans on Facebook and 1,800 followers on Twitter, said after the two-hour workout. “It’s the way to go now. I can communicate with people anywhere in the world and I’m so grateful for my fans. I am humbled by their interest and being online lets me communicate with them.”
Before he shared thoughts about the 27-year-old’s boxing skills, new trainer Robert Garcia emphasized Donaire’s approach outside the ring.
“I’ve known him for a long time and he’s always been very humble and polite,” Garcia said. “Now he’s doing so well and he hasn’t changed. It’s important to have the right attitude.”
To Garcia’s eyes, what Donaire does in the ring is equally appealing.
“He’s got good height and he’s fast, he moves well and he hits hard,” Garcia said. “Nonito’s a great fighter right now, he wants to improve and he’s so talented and committed that it’s a great situation.”