source: Nick Giongco | The Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines — Filipino pride Nonito Donaire Jr., who had just won his fourth world title in impressive fashion, will have his left hand examined by a doctor in Los Angeles on Monday to determine if he can return to the ring in May against Mexican macho man Jorge Arce.
Donaire sustained an injury during his 12-round split decision win over Puerto Rican Wilfredo Vazquez over the weekend in San Antonio, Texas, and his American manager Cameron Dunkin told the Bulletin that the pain has dramatically subsided.
Still, Dunkin said a renowned hand doctor will take a look at Donaire, who was vicious against the loudmouthed Vazquez despite the pain that he felt in his hand.
“If everything turns out okay (during the examination), Nonito will fight sometime in May either in Las Vegas or Los Angeles,” said Dunkin, revealing that Donaire is still in San Antonio but will immediately head to the hospital for the check-up as soon as he lands in Los Angeles.
Dunkin said he and Top Rank have grand plans for Donaire, who is being regarded as the successor to Manny Pacquiao.
Like Pacquiao, who tops most of the pound-for-pound lists, Donaire is also considered an elite fighter, having been in the top five of most lists that are compiled and maintained by boxing experts from around the world.
Despite the one scorecard that favored Vazquez, Donaire’s performance was a show of force although it doesn’t compare to the brutal beatdowns he handed to Vic Darchinyan and Fernando Montiel.
Donaire’s frightening showing against Darchinyan and Montiel may have something to do why Vazquez decided to play it safe in the first half of the fight, thinking that going toe-to-toe with the Filipino-American would send him down like a sack of potatoes.
And when Vazquez decided to bang, he got caught by Donaire and down he went after tasting an uppercut and a left hook that fortunately just grazed his face and did not land squarely in the ninth round.
On the horizon for Donaire are Arce, Toshioka Nishioka of Japan in September and Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba in December.
Tim Bradley admits he is just a bit player in the Manny Pacquiao show being penciled for June 9 in Las Vegas.
“He knows Manny is the star and that Manny is the attraction,” Bradley’s manager Cameron Dunkin told the Bulletin on Monday afternoon (Sunday night in the US West Coast).
Dunkin said that contrary to what’s been reported in the papers and on the Internet, there’s not much talk that has taken place the past few days between him, Pacquiao’s camp and Top Rank.
Dunkin, who also manages Filipino Nonito Donaire Jr., said he will sit down with the major players Monday to make Pacquiao and Top Rank become aware of what they want.