MANILA, Dec 19 (Mabuhay) –A victorious Nonito Donaire Jr. returned to the Philippines Wednesday, following his third-round KO of Jorge Arce in a successful defense of his WBO and Ring Magazine Super Bantamweight title, and told reporters that he had picked up a few pointers from Manny Pacquiao’s loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.
“Alam ko kasi si Manny [Pacquiao] in that fight [against Juan Manuel Marquez], he did well. Maganda ang footwork, power, speed. Tinamaan lang siya ng di niya nakitang suntok.
“Alam ko na yun ang hinihintay ng mga Mexicano, something to surprise me with. I learned from that mistake, that I would be aware of anything.”
Just a week prior to Donaire’s victory, Pacquiao had suffered a sixth-round KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in the duo’s fourth meeting. Marquez properly timed a vicious counter-punch that sent the Filipino ring icon to the canvas floor.
Donaire also credited his victory to a smarter gameplan, adding, “Kailangan ko ng intelligence. Kung bara-bara lang, suntok ng suntok, matamaan din ako. So I had to set him [Arce] up properly.”
The “Filipino Flash’s” record now stands at 31-1, with 20 wins by KO. (MNS)