NEVER ever doubt a father’s instinct.
Nonito Donaire Sr. believes his world champion son is in for a tough night against Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in their super-bantamweight title unification title bout on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila) at the Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Reached by Spin.ph while on vacation in Cebu, the elder Donaire said he recently viewed some of Rigondeaux’s fights and admitted having been impressed.
“Kung tatanungin mo ako, si Rigondeaux ang pinaka-kinatatakutan ko sa mga nakalaban ni Jun,” said Nonito Sr.
The former trainer of the `Filipino Flash’ sees Rigondeaux posing a big problem for the reigning World Boxing Organization champion.
“Mukhang matibay ang panga nito dahil bago pa lang sa professional level. Sariwa pa ang katawan nito, kumbaga sa kotse hindi pa laspag ang mileage,” he said.
The 60-year old boxing guru also advised his son to be more aggressive during the scheduled 12-round fight.
“Sa mga last fights niya (Nonito Jr), napansin ko puro focus na siya sa knock-out. Nawala `yung head movement at bilis niya,” explained the elder Donaire.
“Hindi pwede dito `yun kasi very technical `yung kalaban, kasi may experience sa amateur eh. Saka mukhang may power din `ung mga suntok,” said Nonito, Sr.
“Huwag sanang magpapa-kumpiyansa si Jun sa laban na ito, kasi medyo delikado.”
Still, the man who was in the corner of the Filipino boxing star when he pulled off a surprising fifth round technical knockout of Vic Darchinyan in 2007, sees his son winning by late stoppage between the eight and 10th round.
“Basta’t huwag lang mawala pasensya niya during the fight, kaya niyang mapabagsak si Rigondeuax,” he said.
The soft spoken father of Nonito Jr. also shared some of boxing techniques he wants his son to do against his wily Cuban opponent.
Spin.ph had a short interview with the elder Donaire who wishes his estranged son good luck.