Featherweight champ targeting Donaire

Posted at 10/25/2012 5:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Orlando Salido is targeting a fight with unified super bantamweight champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire next year.

Salido, with a record of 39 wins, 11 losses and two draws and the top-ranked featherweight by The RING Magazine, told Boxing Scene that he first wants to defend his belt against unbeaten Miguel “Mikey” Garcia, and then go for a fight against Donaire. 

"I am in the prime of my career, both mentally and physically. I'm in the best condition of my career, and I want to fight the best in the world," he said.

"Before I face Donaire, I have to fight Miguel Garcia," Salido added. "Mike Garcia is a good fighter, a good opponent. I respect him a lot and I know it will not be easy."

If Salido is successful against Garcia, he expects a bout against Donaire to be easily put together since they are both promoted by Top Rank.

"(Donaire and I) are with the same sanctioning body, the same promotional company, Top Rank, and I think it will be easier," he said.

"That fight between me and Nonito can generate a lot of money," Salido added. “This is a business and I know that a fight with him could give me the best purse of my career.”

Donaire is coming off a ninth-round technical knockout victory over top Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka. He has expressed a willingness to fight other champions in the super bantamweight division, but is also open to move in weight if the fights can’t be made.