Donaire recalls sparring with Pacquiao
He says Pacquiao taught him to fight lefties
MANILA, Philippines – Super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. credited fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao for teaching him how to fight southpaws.
Donaire, World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantam king, said he was just starting out as a professional when sparred with the left-handed Pacquiao.
“It was an experience that you know really taught me how to fight a lefty, I am just growing up in the United States,” the Filipino-American told On The ropes Boxing Radio.
Donaire said he had difficulties sparring Pacquiao because he could not figure out the latter’s rhythm and timing.
“You know fighting here, we kind of look for patterns and we tend to look for timing, and when I sparred Manny the first time, there was no timing. It was just a bunch of punches coming at you,” he narrated.
He said the lessons he picked up from that session came in handy when he fought southpaws like Tyson Marquez, Vic Darchinyan and most recently Toshiaki Nishioka.
Against Nishioka, he retained his WBO and IBF titles. He also won the World Boxing Council (WBC) diamond belt and the RING Magazine super bantamweight strap.
“You know but it was something that really got me better,” Donaire said of his sparring session with Pacquiao.
“Because it made me really think and how to defend with people like that, that have no rhythm, so you know it was really cool to be able to just do that.”