NEW YORK — Three quick thoughts from Nonito Donaire’s lopsided decision win over Omar Narvaez:
Zzzzzz. It wasn’t quite Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey, but it was close. Donaire was his usual active self, throwing an average of 55 punches per round, according to CompuBox. Narvaez, however, just didn’t come to fight. He didn’t throw more than 32 punches per round, averaging 25. He landed just six punches — six – a round, an impossibly low number that indicated that he was, as Floyd Mayweather so aptly puts it, in survival mode. After the 11th round, the 4,425 inside the Theatre at Madison Square Garden started chanting “this is bullsh–;” after the final round, Donaire leaned over to HBO announcer Roy Jones and said “this was bull—-.” Just a boring fight all around. Donaire, in fact, summed it up best. Said Donaire, “I guess I know how Pacquiao felt with Clottey.”
Again, don’t blame Donaire. Donaire did everything he could to get Narvaez to engage. He purposefully opened up his head and body in an attempt to draw Narvaez in and, Donaire said, “make it an old school war.”
“I never saw an Argentine fighter fight that way,” Donaire’s promoter, Bob Arum, said. “You have seen the Argentine kinds the way they fight. We knew the guys was a tremendous boxer and we figured based upon his past he would come to fight.”
He didn’t. Donaire, though, was looking for the knockout from the opening bell. That’s just the kind of attitude you want from a charismatic fighter who figures to become a big star in the years to come.
Moving on up. The plan has been for Donaire to move up to 122 pounds after the fight, a move Donaire confirmed Saturday night. Donaire, who weighed in at 116 pounds on Friday, rehydrated up to 130 pounds on fight night. Here’s the plan: According to Arum, his first call will be to the promoter for Toshiaki Nishioka, the WBC super bantamweight champion who outpointed Rafael Marquez earlier this month. Nishioka, Arum says, wants to fight again in May. But Arum says he will try and make a fight in March by sweetening the offer. After that, Arum is eyeing a possible unification match with WBO titleholder Jorge Arce. That fight, Arum says, could take place at the new stadium opening in Manila in June. Either way, the 28-year old Donaire figures to be busy: Arum says he hopes to get him in the ring four times in 2012.
– Chris Mannix