The Nonito Donaire that once occupied the top of the pound-for-pound lists seems to be far ways off. A figure like Nonito can never be ruled out, however, and this Saturday he will try to win in the first round of the World Boxing Super Series. He will be fighting Ryan Burnett in Glasgow, Scotland, in bantamweight class with the Super WBA Championship on the line.
Nonito was born in the Philippines but with a good part of his boxing training in California he is already at 35 years of age. In the past, he conquered seven world titles in five different weight categories and was one of the most important fighters of the decade. In 2007 he was crowned for the first time when he defeated Vic Darchinyan at the flyweight limit and since then he has obtained belts at super flyweight, bantamweight, super bantamweight, and even featherweight.
He has faced all kinds of fighters, but he has found it difficult in the top divisions, especially against bigger and stronger opponents. The Asian has lost two of his last three fights but his most recent have both been at 126 pounds so the return to a lower division could be a positive move for Donaire.
His height has always been on strength in his favor at 118 pounds and his beautiful technique is combined with impressive power, which he will have to use against Burnett if he wants to return to the top of world boxing. Although his rival enters as a favorite, the boxing world knows what Nonito is capable of winning with his powerful hands and, for that reason, is a great danger for the champion.