MANILA, Philippines – World boxing champion Nonito Donaire Jr. said Manny Pacquiao's success in mounting a comeback will depend on his family.
In an interview on dzMM’s “Rated Korina Sanchez,” Donaire believes that the fighting congressman still has what it takes to become the world’s best again.
However, he said Pacquiao will need the full backing of his family.
“It starts with the couple, you know Jinkee and ‘yung mga anak nila, depende na lang kung anong desisyon nila. If they decided na magbo-boxing ulit si Manny, it should be 100%,” Donaire told Sanchez.
Pacquiao suffered his second-straight defeat when he was knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez in the 6th round of their bout two weeks ago.
The stunning loss has prompted his mother, “Mommy” Dionisia to ask for his retirement.
But Donaire believes Pacquiao remains a dangerous fighter.
“He showed a very good fight [against Marquez]. For me, personally, he's still able to fight and compete with the elite fighters and still beat them,” he said.
The 30-year-old Donaire returned to the Philippines on Wednesday following his sensational knockout victory over Mexico’s Jorge Arce.
He said he plans to fight until in his 40s.
Donaire said he has rarely been hit during most of his fights which is why he believes he can achieve longevity in the sport.
“I'm a fresh 30-year-old in the boxing world. Kasi hindi ako tinatamaan ng marami so for now I'm looking [to fight until] 35-40,” he said.