Boxing: Rachel Donaire

Mrs. Donaire says Nonito will be aggressor

April, 12, 2013
Boxing is a freelance sport, without a central league body. It has so many moving parts, and moving mouths, that the sports' grapevine is maybe the richest of any pro sport. Some of those mouths have been busy this week. They're chattering that maybe Nonito Donaire's camp for his Saturday scrap at Radio City Music Hall wasn't one of his most stellar. I posed that question point blank to the fighter's wife, Rachel, who knows him better than anyone.

She said that was bunk, that camp was great. Yes, some of his focus has been on their baby, their first child, due to arrive in July. Rachel will usually hang with Nonito at camp, but she stayed in California while he trained in Vegas. So Nonito would do a quickie flight, about an hour, to visit her, and "talk to the tummy." Yes, the super feather champ regularly talks to her swollen belly and the little being inside. "I've been getting the house ready, the nursery," she explained. "It would be more stress if I was in camp. His confidence is really high." The boxer has scouted foe Guillermo Rigondeaux more than he usually does, she said, because he saw the Cuban live in November 2010, when Rigo fought on a Pacquiao undercard. "He was pointing out his mistakes then," Rachel said. "Usually he watches just a clip or two of an opponent."

Rachel said her hubby realizes that the Cuban might fall into a defensive shell at Radio City and Nonito will have to press the action, be the aggressor.

She said Nonito analyzed his last New York fight, against Omar Narvaez in October 2011, and now knows better how to break a fighter disinclined to open up. "I think Rigo will run once he feels Nonito's power," she said.

Donaire's wife says Narvaez 'cheated' fans

October, 23, 2011
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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