Nonito Donaire reportedly has no fractures in his injured left hand. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Steve Kim of MaxBoxing tweeted this evening that he spoke with Nonito Donaire's wife Rachel, and she says that Nonito has no fractures in his injured left hand suffered Saturday night in his win over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, meaning that the fighter shouldn't miss significant ring time.
Those who saw Donaire's gloveless hand right after the fight on HBO, or in photos after the bout, may have feared the worst, and the early scuttlebutt among the San Antonio gossips was that there was a double fracture in the hand. But for now it appears there is no major injury, which could mean that Donaire will be ready to go in pretty normal time off between fights.
Could that mean Donaire on the undercard of the Pacquiao vs Bradley show on June 9? Maybe.
Donaire (28-1, 18 KO) will be facing Jorge Arce in his next fight, whenever it does happen, a fight guaranteed to have action because Arce (59-6-2, 45 KO) simply can't help himself no matter who he's in against -- maybe Julio Ler as an exception, not that it was Arce's fault in any way as he begged Ler to fight him, but I digress...
The only thing stopping Donaire vs Arce would be Arce losing his February 18 rematch with Lorenzo Parra, and despite the fact that Parra is on the other side of the hill, he was when Arce first fought him in September 2010, too, and he gave Arce all kinds of problems that night. Parra isn't what he once was, but neither is Arce, and the style matchup was hell for Arce the first time around.
So while it seems unlikely that Arce loses, it's certainly not a crazy idea or anything like that.
Donaire vs Arce would be a terrific fight for the Pacquiao vs Bradley undercard, as Arce was the MVP of Pacquiao's clunker PPV against Shane Mosley last May, and both he and Donaire have nice followings that would do nothing but increase the atmosphere for the night of fights. But first thing of importance is obviously making sure Donaire's hand is good to go, and Arce has a fight in front of him that he can't afford to overlook, too. There's plenty of time to figure out when and where they'll fight.