Q&A: Nonito Donaire

By Ricardo Conde

Interim WBA super flyweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (23-1, 15 KOs) of San Leandro, CA by way of the Philippines will step back into the ring on Saturday, July 10 against Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (27-1, 20 KOs) of Mexico at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico which will be headlined by WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (28-0, 25 KOs) of Puerto Rico taking on Bernabe “The Real Deal” Concepcion (28-3-1, 15 KOs) of the Philippines in “The Challenge” and will be televised live on SHOWTIME and is being presented by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing. Tickets are available at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico box office and thru Ticketpop by calling (787) 294-0001.

We had a moment to sit down and talk to Nonito Donaire as he prepares for his upcoming bout, here’s what he had to say:

You’re currently preparing for your next fight, which will be against Hernan Marquez, what do you know about your opponent and what’s your opinion of him as a fighter?

Well, I know that he has a good record. I’ve seen him fight, he has a lot of heart and he’s a tough guy. He’s shorter than me and I feel that I have the advantage in height, speed and I think I also have the advantage in power but he’s very tough so I think it’s going to be a good fight.

How is training camp going and how do you feel at this point of your training camp?

Training camp is going great. I went twelve rounds today and I feel really good. Robert Garcia has been saying a lot of good stuff. So we’re already ready and very confident, so we just have to make weight and that’s pretty much it and that’s all we really need to do at this point.

What made you decide to bring in Robert Garcia and what’s your opinion of him as a trainer?

Robert Garcia has a lot to offer as a trainer and I’m glad he came down with Steven Luevano. I brought him in because he knows a lot; he’s one of the top guys, one of the best trainers out there. I’ve known him for years; he’s always been a good person and always been a nice guy to me. There was one time when I fought I felt I didn’t have the right game plan so when I talked to my manager we knew that Robert has been in there, in the ring and he knows what he’s doing so that’s why we brought him in to our camp. He’s been giving me his opinion aside from the guys I already have and that’s why I’m really happy with Robert being a part of my corner and helping me out with the game plan and my other guys are working really well with Robert as well.

Are you doing anything different in this training camp that you haven’t done for your previous fights?

Just high altitude simulation with SNAC and its helping me out a lot and giving me a lot of energy and I’m also doing a lot of nutrition with SNAC.

What kind of statement are you looking to make in your fight with Marquez; will you be looking for the knockout?

I always try to give a good fight and entertain the people. I want to show them the power as well and I always want to put on a show where people are surprised.

Before your fight with Marquez was made, there were talks of a possible rematch with Vic Darchinyan, why do you think that fell through and what’s your opinion of him as a fighter?

Well, we were scheduled to fight August 21st but when it came time to sign the contract they said they didn’t want to fight me right now. Yet they keep talking about fighting me but when I sign the contract and they know I’m not backing off they don’t want to do it. So there’s not really much I can say about it, as a fighter the level of respect I had for him went down the drain because if you’re going to talk so much crap and when its time to sign the contract to make the fight happen they don’t want to do it. He can do what ever he wants and I’m not playing these stupid games anymore and wait and wait. I’m ready to move on and fight better fighters out there.

Should you get past Hernan Marquez, name one or two fighters you’d like to face in the near future?

I’d definitely like to fight Fernando Montiel and maybe if everything goes well we’re going to try and go up in weight and I’d like to fight Rafael Marquez or any other champion at the 122 division.

What is your opinion of the current super flyweight division and do you have any plans on moving up in weight any time soon?

It’s a great division but I don’t think I’ll be staying to long in this division, this will be my last fight at 115, so I’ll be fighting at 118 next and if I can get a title right away in that division I’d like to end up at 122, I definitely think its time for me to move up after this. The only reason I stayed was to get the rematch with Darchinyan but they backed out of the fight so there’s no need for me to stay in this weight for something that’s not going to happen. So we’re going to try and move up in weight and see if we can get a fight with Montiel

What are some of your goals for rest of 2010?

Well, I’d definitely like to get a title at 118 and hopefully we can get in there with Fernando Montiel.

You are signed with Bob Arum’s Top Rank; tell us a little bit about that and how it has that helped your career?

They’ve given me a lot of good fights. I’m very happy to be with Top Rank. They’ve gotten me a lot of good fights and that’s all I really care about and I’m hoping they continue to give me good fights.

When not fighting, what does Nonito Donaire like to do in his spare time?

I like to do a lot of things; I play a lot of video games, a lot of pc games. I do a lot of photography as well. I’m more of an artist than an athlete when it comes down to just regular life. I hang out with my family, my wife and just spend time with the people I care about.

Is there anything you would like to tell your fans?

I want to thank everyone for all their support and hopefully they can either come to the fight or watch the fight on Showtime and if you’re on the East Coast maybe you can come to Puerto Rico and show your support and I appreciate everyone’s prayers that I do good and that I’m safe and healthy. So again, I just want to thank everyone for their continued support and just say thank you.

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