One of the final PPV events of this year will happen on November 5th, with the main event headliner of 8 division world champion Manny Pacquiao vs. WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas. The PPV will also feature a stacked undercard that has boxing stars Nonito Donaire and Zou Shimming fighting in title bouts. Top Rank promotions will distribute the PPV, which will mark the first time in years a significant event has been put on that format without a major TV network.
In part 2 of my interview with “the Filipino flash” Nonito Donaire, I get his thoughts on the upcoming Carl Frampton-Leo Santa Cruz rematch and the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas bout. Donaire breaks down Pacquiao’s upcoming fight and talks about the chances for a upset. Additionally Nonito shares his views on Kovalev vs. Ward and Golovkin-Jacobs. Here is what Nonito Donaire had to say.
Robert Brown: Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz are going to have their rematch. Who do you think will come out on top in that one?
Nonito Donaire: I think that Santa Cruz is going to figure him out. There’s only thing that he should have done in the fight, which was keep his distance and throw that right hand. I think he’s going to try to do that this time, but if he tries to do the same thing, Frampton is going to beat him. You can’t fight a shorter guy with shorter arms on the inside. If they change it up and use his distance and his length, he’s going to beat him.
Robert Brown: Manny Pacquiao is fighting Jessie Vargas in that card. What are you expecting from that fight and who do you think will win?
Nonito Donaire: Jessie Vargas is a formidable fighter that people are looking past. It depends how focused Manny is, but Vargas is going to have a big chance if Pacquiao lacks the focus. Whoever shows up in there will definitely win the fight.
Robert Brown: Do you think Manny will be focused for this fight or do you think there’s a danger that he’s focusing too much on his political career?
Nonito Donaire: I think the latter is what is going on, that’s where his focus is and that’s where he’s consuming his time. He hadn’t gone to LA to isolate himself, he’s been in politics and the senate, but you can’t underestimate him, he’s been training hard as well. It seems that the focus is towards the politics but we will see in the fight.
Robert Brown: Do you feel there’s a good chance of an upset due to the wavering focus of Pacquiao?
Nonito Donaire: Well, Jessie Vargas has the height, he’s focused because this is his biggest fight. You don’t really know how Manny is training but from what it seems, he’s been kind of underestimating Jessie, but I can’t really say what goes on in his camp but if he goes out there and is fully focused, he’s going to be a formidable Manny Pacquiao.
Robert Brown: What are your thoughts on the upcoming fight between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev?
Nonito Donaire: That’s going to be an incredible fight. I would definitely look towards Andre Ward because I’ve known him and he’s always been the type who fights everybody and takes away people’s weapons. He’s going to take Kovalev’s weapon away from him and win the fight.
Robert Brown: Do you think the fight will go twelve rounds?
Nonito Donaire: Yes.
Robert Brown: It looks like Gennady Golovkin is going to fight Danny Jacobs next year. Do you give Jacobs a chance in this fight?
Nonito Donaire: I think Jacobs has a great chance because he saw a lot of flaws with Golovkin in the last fight. Jacobs has a lot of range and he moves as well. It’s going to be an incredible fight and I think that out of all the people that Golovkin has fought, Jacobs has the biggest chances of upsetting Golovkin.