Robert Garcia Talks Nonito Donaire-Fernando Montiel
Trainer Robert Garcia will be in the corner of WBA interim super flyweight (115 pounds) titlist Nonito Donaire for Saturday night's HBO televised clash during which he pursues his 25th straight victory and his 10th stoppage in his past 12 fights against bantamweight (118 pounds) WBO and WBC champion Fernando Montiel from the Mandalay Hotel in Las Vegas.
A victory over the 31-year-old Montiel (44-2-2, 34 knockouts), said the 28-year-old Donaire (25-1, 17 KOs), will "skyrocket my marketability," leading to "bigger fights."
Donaire would then look to unify the belts, starting with the winner of an April 23, Showtime televised match up between unbeaten, 25-year-old, Mexican-born, IBO and WBC silver belt king Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs), of Montebello, Calif., and Africa's, 30-year-old two-time IBF champion Joseph Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) that is slated for the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
The WBA's bantamweight king is 25-year-old southpaw Anselmo Moreno (30-1-1, 10 KOs) of Panama, who has a Feb. 26 defense against 32-year-old Lorenzo Parra (31-2-1, 18 KOs) of Venezuela.
Donaire has said that he would like to follow the path of Filipino countryman, Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs), a WBO welterweight (147 titlist) who earned his record eighth crown over as many different weight divisions with November's unanimous decision over ex-champion, Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) for the WBC's junior middleweight (154 pounds) belt.
Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum has compared Donaire favorably to Pacquiao, whom Donaire said is, "definitely an inspiration in my career."