HOUSTON - The fancy eyewear, it turned out, was more than just a fashion statement for Jorge Arce.
The celebrated Mexican fighter showed up for the many functions in the lead-up to his World Boxing Organization super-bantamweight title fight with Filipino Nonito Donaire Jr. wearing shades that matched his wardrobe.
But when he finally stripped down and discarded the shades for the weigh-in on Friday (Saturday, Manila time), he revealed what he had been trying to hide - a wound just above his left eye, most likely suffered in training.
The cut, of course, did not escape the prying eyes of Donaire and trainer Robert Garcia.
“Sa sparring pa lang may sugat na,” said the `Filipino Flash,’ adding the Mexican's camp may have put some face powder on Arce's face prior to the weigh-in to try and hide the cut.
“He will bleed no doubt. First round pa lang, isang jab lang yun, sugat na,” said the champion, who ate lasagna with extra servings of beef shortly after the weigh-in, and later had steak, potatoes, corn soup, and juice for dinner.
“It’s going to be bloody,” he warned his audience.