Donaire wants to climb as high as lightweight

Posted at 03/27/2014 10:36 PM

MANILA – Filipino-American boxer Nonito Donaire Jr. said he plans to climb weight just like what Manny Pacquiao did on his way to winning eight world titles.

The “Filipino Flash” said the given his body structure, he can climb up to 135 pounds to be a lightweight boxer.

“I should be comfortable sa 130-135 pounds. Alam ko naman na makakaya ko ‘yon,” Donaire said in an interview with TJ Manotoc on ABS-CBN Sports+Action.

The 31-year-old Bohol-born fighter started his professional career as a flyweight. After winning the IBF and IBO flyweight belts, he climbed to the super flyweight divisions to claim the interim WBA title.

As a bantamweight, he won the WBC and WBO championships before taking the IBF and WBO super bantamweight titles.

Now, he plans to win a fifth world crown by challenging WBA featherweight super champion Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa.

Donaire said he currently walks around at 145 pounds, but will have no problem making the 126-pound featherweight limit.

“’Yung 145 pounds naman, puro crispy pata, sisig kahit ano, halo halo pati rice,” joked the Filipino-American. “Walang problema reaching that weight kasi ang tyan ko lang ang mabigat nun.”

Donaire also said he looks forward to training in the Philippines, which is closer to Macau where the Vetyeka fight will take place.

He said they will have an easy time finding sparring partners in the Philippines, compared to when he was still training in the US.

“Mas masaya dito kasi alam namin ang lahat ng ka-sparring, I don't have to wait for them. Sa [United] States inaantay pa namin ang ka-sparring namin. So dito kung sino man ang gusto naming [ka-sparring], available agad,” said Donaire.