The Philippines and Mexico renew their rivalry this weekend when two elite fighters meet inside the ring at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Fernando Montiel the World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight title holder and Nonito “The Filipino Flash” will clash after some trash talking in spite of a claimed friendship with each other. The weigh in scheduled for Friday which would be Saturday in the Philippines with both fighters on strict diets will not be their actual weight at fight time.
Donaire reviews results of his blood tests that he feels provides an excellent indication of his condition. Melding a game plan with his trainer Robert Garcia and the guidance of his nutritionist Victor Conte, Donaire has confidence going into the fight.
DonairevsMontiel reports: “I have a nutritionist, [the infamous] Victor Conte, but he has done well with everything that I do. The things he does with intermittent, hypoxic training, a high altitude simulation, that helps me enormously. Not only that, we do comprehensive blood-testing to see what is needed in my system, how my body is working – ‘Is it perfect, is it overworked or overtrained?’ So going into a fight I’m already confident knowing my blood is telling me, ‘You’re like Superman right now.’”
The results of Donaire’s recent blood test for the Montiel fight brought comments that if Superman was his condition for the last fight his blood indicates that he will be “monsterman” for this one.
Having three inches in height over Montiel has not discouraged the champion who has stated that he will fight any giant in the ring. Giving Donaire his due Montiel acknowledged future championships for the Filipino fighter but not this time.
Montiel was with his Mexican fans at the press conference when he made his comments about the prospects for Donaire across different weight divisions but affirmed he has no fear of giants in the ring.
Abs-Cbn reports: "I don't have a doubt that he's going to be a champion not only in the bantamweight division, super bantamweight, probably in featherweight. But not on Saturday (fight day in Las Vegas)," said Montiel”
The 5’4” Montiel is ranked No. 7 in the Ring Magazine pound for pound listing while the 5’7” Donaire is ranked number No. 5 in the elite category of fighters.