Could Donaire be looking past Narvaez?

October, 17, 2011
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It's hard in our supersized society for littler guys to get respect. A bantamweight has to be darned special to make it on to pound-for-pound lists, but Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire, all 118 pounds of him, has done just that.

Pundits are lumping him in with countryman Manny Pacquiao, and Floyd Mayweather, as the best leather slingers in existence. We shall see if the pundits are getting ahead of themselves, or their valuation of the 28-year-old hitter who now lives in California is correct, on Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. On an HBO show, Donaire (26-1 with 18 KOs) meets unheralded by not untalented Omar Narvaez, a 35-0-1 Argentine who hasn't gotten face time on US TV.

Check out the video (above) of Donaire, taken at the famed Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn on Saturday, discussing Narvaez' merits. It certainly sounds like the Flash hasn't let the building buzz surrounding him diminish his focus, or cause him to look past Narvaez toward bigger game. But only time will tell on that.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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