Among the boxing world’s stars that came out to watch Manny Pacquiao’s thrilling victory against Keith Thurman was Nonito “The Flash” Donaire Jr. — who has held multiple world champions in four weight classes.
Donaire said he took time to enjoy the fight week festivities, as he was also getting ready for the finals of the World Boxing Super Series against Naoya Inoue.
The date and venue have not been set for that fight which will unify Donaire’s WBA Super Bantamweight crown with Inoue’s IBF title.
“We don’t know yet when or where we’re just trying to get ourselves physically mentally ready for anything… we’d like to have two and a half months of training to be mentally physically ready.”
At almost 37, and with 45 fights under his belt, Donaire is only three years younger than the 40-year-old Pacquiao. The Filipino Flash also hopes to also fight into his 40s.
“As long as I take care of myself like manny has. age is nothin’ but a number at this point… What’s important is being healthy and believing in yourself and allowing yourself to prepare in the long term.”
And just like the Pacman, Donaire has been active in the ring, fighting three times in the past 15 months.