MANILA, Philippines – Boxing experts believe Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. has the skills and punching power to beat former champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
Donaire and Vazquez will be slugging it out for the WBO super bantamweight title at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).
Analysts think Donaire is on his way to become a 4-division champion.
“I'm a big Nonito Donaire fan. I think it’s a good fight for him,” ESPN’s boxing writer Dan Rafael told ABS-CBN Correspondent Dyan Castillejo.
Local sports analyst Recah Trinidad said Vazquez will be having a hard time fighting a ring technician like Donaire.
Adding to Vazquez’s problems, said Trinidad, is the Filipino Flash’s punching power.
“Llamadong-llamado si Donaire… talagang technician yan, malakas,” he told dzMM.
Trinidad, however, said The Filipino Flash should be wary of Vazquez's body punches.
"Ang ano lang kay Donaire, sana huwag lang tamaan ng malakas sa loob dahil may kahinaan ang katawan ng batang 'yan," said the boxing analyst.
'Donaire may join Pacquiao, Floyd'
Another boxing expert said Donaire may soon join the ranks of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Boxing hall of famer Freddie Roach, who trains Pacquiao, described the Filipino Flash as a “great fighter.”
“He has such great knockout power and overall fighting ability; he can still get a lot better,” said Roach on Yahoo! Sports.
“To me, even though maybe he doesn’t get the recognition like Manny does, or like [Mayweather], he’s already in the top five and I think he has the ability to move up,” he added.
Donaire is already a 3-division champion.
Aside from holding the WBC and WBO bantamweight belts, Donaire also won the interim WBA super flyweight and IBF flyweight titles.
Vazquez, however, believes that he can upset Donaire especially after their near scuffle at the pre-fight press conference.
“I can't wait to meet him in the ring," Vazquez, the son of namesake and Puerto Rican boxing legend Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., told Boxing Scene.