Donaire promises old self in Darchinyan rematch
MANILA, Philippines -- Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. promised to be his former winning self for his rematch with Vic Darchinyan.
"We're training hard. We're trying to go back to who I was. A person who's smart, a person who's fast," Donaire said in an interview with Boxing Scene's Ryan Burton after the match between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Donaire admitted that there were problems that needed to be addressed after his humbling loss to Cuba's Guillermo Rigondeaux last April.
"The problem with me is that the muscle memory wasn't there anymore when I threw combinations. So every time I had combinations in mind, it's not pulling off. Only power would come out," Donaire said.
In preparation for the November 9 fight, the former world champion reunited with his father, Nonito Sr., after a family fallout caused a rift between the two.
On his Twitter account last month, Donaire posted a photo of him training with his father with the caption, “First time working with Papang since 2008. He’s still faster than me! Feels good.”
Nonito Sr. was in his son's corner for the fight against Darchinyan last 2007, which Donaire won by TKO.
Donaire told Burton that he feels much better fighting in the featherweight division rather than in the bantamweight, which he was in against Rigondeaux.
"Training camp is going great. It is a lot easier to make weight. I feel comfortable at 126," Donaire said.
The Filipino Flash said fans should expect a different Donaire for the fight.
"You guys are going to see something different," the boxer said.
In a separate interview, also with Boxing Scene, Donaire said he would want to see a rematch between Bradley and Manny Pacquiao.
"I think that would be a great fight. It could go anywhere," he said about the possibility of the rematch.
"If you have Pacquiao, it's a different story. He's an offensive beast," added Donaire.