Donaire's wife says Narvaez 'cheated' fans

October, 23, 2011
10/23/11
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New York fans weren't the only ones angry at Omar Narvaez after Saturday night's feeble performance against Nonito Donaire.

Donaire's wife Rachel ripped Narvaez, too. "He wasn't a fighter," she said. "He cheated Madison Square Garden and the fans that were watching. He just wanted to survive. It was just, 'I want to survive and get a paycheck.'"

Donaire won a shutout 120-108 times three over Narvaez at the WaMu Theater. Narvaez was excessively cautious, basically just looking to stay alive, and threw an embarrassing number of punches per round.

"I did my best," Nonito said after. "I was very frustrated. I'm sorry it didn't come out the way we wanted. I wanted him to open up. He had his hands up. Now I know how Pacquiao felt with Clottey."

Donaire, the Filipino-born California resident, agreed with his wife, saying that he didn't think Omar came to fight, while Narvaez said he was never hurt and didn't think much of Nonito's power.

The crowd, a near-capacity 4,425, booed throughout, showing their displeasure at Narvaez, who threw just 24 punches a round. The bantam average is 60.

I respect his defensive wizardry and the difficulty of the sport, but it would be a nice gesture for Narvaez to give a piece of his purse to the fans who expected him to truly battle.

The 28-year-old Donaire raised his record to 27-1 with the win, while the 36 year-old Narvaez, formerly a titlist at 112 and 114 pounds, dropped to 35-1-2.

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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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