Nonito Donaire to defend his WBO and WBC bantamweight titles against undefeated Omar Narvaez
The selling of Nonito Donaire on the East Coast has been a seamless undertaking for those involved.
Handsome and charismatic with talent in the ring, Donaire, who will fight Saturday at the Garden for the first time, is a delight in and out of the ring.
Julie Jacobson/APNonito Donaire is ready to defend the WBO and WBC bantamweight titles.
Whether he's impersonating fighters or innocently talking about the privilege of fighting at the Garden, Donaire is one of the top boxers on the verge of breaking out.
Perhaps most important is that Donaire, who was born in the Philippines but lives in the Bay Area, understands that he has to look good on Saturday.
After the unsatisfactory finish to the light heavyweight fight last week involving Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson that ended when Hopkins couldn't continue because of a separated shoulder, Donaire wants to give the fans a good show.
Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) will defend his WBO and WBC bantamweight titles against undefeated Omar Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KOs) of Argentina on HBO.
"We want to look spectacular," Donaire told the Daily News Tuesday before a media workout at the Kingsway Boxing Gym in Manhattan. "When I started to be where I'm at, it's because I accepted that boxing is a sport. But it's also a form of entertainment. You want to entertain the people, and that's one thing that I have in my head - that I have to look spectacular."
He has done that in his recent fights. His knockdown and subsequent stopping of Fernando Montiel with an explosive left hand this past February was one of the most dazzling punches in recent memory.
As a result, Donaire's handlers have big plans for him.
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