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Trainer sees Nonito victory


Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia  seems to be so certain of a  Nonito Donaire Jr. victory when the “Filipino Flash” clashes with Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in New York for a unification bout on April 13.

“Donaire is too big, too strong, he  should have no problem,” Garcia told

“There’s nothing to worry about even if Rigondeaux has power and hand speed. The first time Donaire lands  a left hook, it should be over.”

Donaire is 2 to 3 inches taller than the two-time Olympic gold medalist and if  he keeps his cool, keeps his patience and follows the game plan he should win,” according to Garcia.

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The postponed meeting between Top Rank boss Bob Arum and Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez has been moved to this week, from San Diego to Las Vegas.

Arum said the meeting was postponed because Marquez had obligations in Mexico.

Commenting on the Donaire-Rigondeaux fight, Arum said it’s going to be one hell of an encounter.

“I really believe that,” he said.

Incidentally, even if Top Rank had succeeded in booking a fight for Manny Pacquiao, there are many  restrictions during the campaign period for candidates, thus the supposed April fight will no longer push through.

The next Pacquiao fight will most likely be scheduled in September.

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An article e-mailed to me by an online scribe prompted me to call PBA vice chair  Mon Segismundo of Meralco for confirmation.

In the article, the scribe said the Meralco Bolts were currently in the process of rebuilding and cited Segismundo as his source. The writer likewise hinted that there may also be  major changes in other personnel.

“Should I put malice in the article? Are major changes within the team really forthcoming?” I asked the amiable Meralco governor.

“Meralco is committed to developing a  better and stronger Bolts, not only in the next conference but in the next few years to come,” the scribe had quoted  Mon, who is also a high-ranking Meralco executive.

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Calling the article “naughty,”  Mon said the Bolts are constantly in the process of rebuilding.

“It’s an ongoing process, there’s nothing clandestine or sinister about that. The Sol Mercado trade to Globalport is part of this process.”

And what about the projected change in key personnel?

At this point, he requested me to forward the e-mailed article to him.

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  • barugokid

    Wake up guys! Wesley So is contending for the top prize at the Reykjavik Open in tommorow’s last round. Least we can do is give him some words of encouragement, or something to that effect.

  • kidsPorts

    If Nonito beats Rigo soundly, he’ll go up higher in popularity and in his capacity to demand larger fight purses.

  • archerfan

    this donaire will never see the popularity and money that pacman got.  his arrogance is a PR nightmare and will bring him down even before hes way up.  just saying.

    • Peter

      Pacman was pampered by arum and rose to popularity by fighting old and slow fighters. Just saying….
      And also, the best fighter Pacman had faced is only Marquez, the rest are all past their prime. And the main reason why they keep on fighting is that Marquez is old…. They don’t really think Marquez can hurt Pacquiao. but the unthinkable happened. And you are a sore loser.

      • 11koji11

        hater you are…

      • archerfan

        what??? you dont know that the main job of a promoter is to get the best and easiest fight for his cash cow fighter? you dont know that promoters like arum are like salesmen, hyping up a product and emphasizing on building up image of their product so as to maximize profit? dont you know that managers and promoters will to whatever they can do get the least qualified opponent for their cash cow so they can maintain their cash flow?  real fights only happen a few times, mostly when the fighter is starting.  am sure this arum will also do for donaire, if he thinks he is worth it.  my point is, they may both be good fighters but donaire will never be the hero or darling of the masses like pacman because of his arrogance.  and you are d…mb.

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