Nonito Donaire, 33, is expecting to use his ring experience, movement, and power to overwhelm a young Jessie Magdaleno, 24, this weekend. And talking to ESPN about the fight, Donaire is fully looking forward to making his mandatory title defense of his WBO junior featherweight belt on the Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas PPV.
Donaire didn’t talk down Magdaleno’s skill set, but he was sure to mention that he completely expects that his skills and experience will trump that of the younger fighter.
"He has never faced anyone who can punch like I do or move like I can. He's in the big leagues now. I know that I'm going to dominate this fight. He's more of a textbook fighter and easy to read."
Conversely, Magdaleno says that Donaire’s age will play a big factor in the fight and that he’ll try to take the starch out of Donaire’s patented left hook while getting in some big shots of his own.
"I am going against Nonito, who is smart in the ring and has a dangerous left hook I must deal with," Magdaleno said. "A real good, hard shot to the body will take away some of his left hook power. And once he really opens up it's better for me to get in big punches. He will be strong for about five rounds then there will be a fade and we will take it over. He's a tough competitor for sure, but this is my dream fight, not his."
We haven’t talked much about this paticular title fight, so let’s get right to it in the comments section. Do you think that Donaire is too long in the tooth to keep up with the fresher Magdaleno, or do you think Donaire’s talent and experience will carry the day?