World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. has predicted a unanimous decision win for Manny Pacquiao in his third fight against Timothy Bradley on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada..
“I believe Manny [Pacquiao] won both fights against Bradley, but I think it is going to end up the same way like the second fight—Manny winning by unanimous decision again,” Donaire, 33, with a 36-3 win-loss record with 23 knockouts told The Manila Times on Thursday in a press conference at the ABS CBN compound in Quezon City.
Pacquiao, 37, lost to Bradley via controversial split decision win in 2012, but won via unanimous decision in a rematch two years later.
“It depends on the style of the fighter and as what you have seen, Bradley is more of a defensive boxer and that will be very tough,” he added. “If Manny will just focus on the fight, he will win it. But if he doesn’t, it is going to be hard on his part, even at half. I’m sure he will win.”
Donaire, who will go up against Hungarian Zsolt Bedak in Cebu City on April 23, also believes that there are many young Filipino boxers right now who can be a world champion just like Pacquiao and WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes.
“The time has come for the new generation to rise up and show the world what we are capable of,” said Donaire, who was accompanied by his father and trainer Nonito Sr.”
He also expressed confidence to beat his European opponent, “I’m preparing for his left hook. He is called by many as Mr. Left Hook. You can’t also determine the heart and willingness of a fighter through papers only. Bedak is a brave fighter.”
Donaire’s father said that the 32-year-old Bedak (25-1 record with eight knockouts) could possibly be affected by the hot Cebu weather but nonetheless he is not counting out Bedak’s capacity to score an upset.
“Bedak has fast hands and fast footwork. I’m expecting him to run against Donaire but we are going to take him slowly and we’re going to catch him. If he is going to give his best in later rounds, Nonito’s job to finish him off will become so easy,” said Nonito Sr.
“He is going to get tired if he runs too much. The weather is hot here. It will be a survival mode. Talent can get you there but hard work will keep you there. For some point, hard work beats talent and you have to believe,” the younger Donaire added.
Donaire and his camp are scheduled to fly to Cebu on April 16.