Nonito Donaire is preparing for his fight against Simpiwe Vetyeka on May 31 in Macau, and says that recent disappointing performances have been due to a lack of dedication in giving his absolute best. Donaire is coming off of a rough 2013 in which he was outclassed by Guillermo Rigondeaux, then needed a major rally to stop Vic Darchinyan.
He said both he and his dad had watched the fight tapes of Vetyeka because he "wanted to see how Vetyeka is as a fighter and my dad knows what strategy to use and I am excited."
Donaire said he hasn't given his all "in terms of talent, speed, power and the overall skill as a boxer and this time I want to give it all in this fight. I am not one hundred percent yet but that's my goal, to give it my all."
Donaire (32-2, 21 KO) has gone from 2012 Fighter of the Year and a guy that HBO seemed to be investing in as a new star, to fighting in Macau on tape delay in the States. It's been a rather sharp turn for him, but the 31-year-old fighter can pick up a world title in a fourth weight class if he beats WBA featherweight titleholder Vetyeka (26-2, 16 KO), who retired Chris John in his last bout.
Will Donaire "show up" more than he has recently, or have we seen his best already?