We've got Nonito!
What's your training camp been like for this fight?
It's been different. I started training in Vegas instead of the usual northern California. I have done mostly sparring with new guys.
How do you feel at the higher weight?
I feel great. This is the first time that I feel really normal and healthy.
was it hard to put the weight on?
The weight is normal for me. I'm small for this division. It's pretty much almost my walking weight.
Is there more pressure on you to score a knockout because of your last fight?
I want to score a knockout, but there's no pressure. I want to get one.
Nonito, how far up in weight do you see yourself going up to?
Right now, I'm still pretty small for this weight class. I don't know how far I could get. But I am definitely going to start using weight and training with weight.
Mabuhay Donaire! Come Visit us Pinoys in Houston.My question is have you seen any big issue during your training at this weight? Do you feel comfortable?Salamat! Mabuhay Pinas and Donaire!
No issues at training. I've been able to do everything. To maintain the weight, I've just been eating a lot.
any plans for after this fight?
Well, there are guys I've target since last year.
what do you think of the arena?
I think it's a great opportunity to be here. A ring is a ring to me. It will be a big crowd. When you're int he ring, it's the same everything.
any differences to training in vegas?
It was more convenient for me. Any time I wanted to train, or couldn't sleep, I could go up there. It could be 2 a.m. and I could go. That was the best thing about it.
best fighter growing up?
Sugar Ray Leonard, was who I based my style on. but Roy Jones was someone I really liked. Robinson, Hagler, Hearns are the guys I grew up immitating.
why do we see so much excitement at the lower weights?
We're just hungry. We're not afraid to go out there and prove ourselves. We're exciting. Being a smaller guy, we're able to use everything, speed, power, endurance. We go out there and work the crowd. Have fun.
Nonito, what inspired you to start boxing?
It was an after school program. I did it for my father.
I just want to thank you for tuning into the chat. Stay tuned for the Feb. 4 fight on Saturday. I'll give you the best I can. Thanks for all of the support! I'll be coming out with a 24/7 episode for the training camp.