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Donaire vs Vetyeka: Nonito planning to give greater effort

Nonito Donaire is looking to impress again on May 31, which he admits he has not done in recent fights.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

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?

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