Nonito Donaire Sr. is convinced that his son, former four-division champion Nonito Jr., would still be a handful for the top dogs at the 115-pound division if he chooses to move down to super flyweight.
Donaire, 39, previously expressed his desire to become a five-division world champion by going down in weight. He competed at 115 pounds in the past but held a WBA interim title making him not a full-fledged champion of the weight class.
“It depends if he can make 115 [pounds], he can still beat the likes of Chocolatito (Roman Gonzalez),” Donaire Sr. told Sparring Sessions LIVE.
“That is what he likes, an inside fighter who does not run. If he can make weight, why not? But that three pounds is going to be a big deal in professional boxing.”
Donaire, 42-7 with 28 knockouts as a prizefighter, suffered a brutal second-round technical knockout in his last outing against Naoya Inoue earlier this month. But if the decision was up to his father and former trainer Nonito Sr., he would rather see the fighter retire.
“What does he need? It is not like there is money there (super flyweight). Just so he would be called a five-division champion? What if he gets into an accident? That is my question,” Donaire Sr. stressed.
“He has money now, he can support his family. He can manage or train instead so he would still be in [boxing].”
—JMB, GMA News