Four-division world boxing champion Nonito Donaire is set to face reigning WBO Bantamweight Champion Jorge Arce at the Toyota Events Center in Houston, Texas Saturday night for the WBA World Super bantamweight title.
Donaire will be returning to the ring for a fourth time this year since winning over Wilfredo Vasquez in February while Arce will be fighting for a third time this year after getting a no-contest decision for an accidental foul over Jesus Rojas in June.
Donaire, who knocked down Tosiaki Nishioka last October at the Home Depot Center in Carson, is the reigning WBO, The Ring and WBC Super Bantamweight Champion. Read more.
Donaire and Arce are no strangers to each other as they often go out on dinner dates along with their wives.
"We go out to dinner with our wives, so we are friendly," Arce said through Top Rank publicist and translator Ricardo Jimenez via ESPN.
"We know each other very well, but when we come up in the ring, it's totally different. I admire him and I respect him a lot, so I figure I better be in the best shape ever because I want him to meet me at my best."
"[Donaire is] definitely the best fighter I ever fought," Arce said. "He's the best opponent, the most complete fighter, he's the best I have ever faced. But I'm gonna surprise all of you. When I win and knock him out, everyone will be saying how surprised they are."
In today's weigh-in, Donaire (30-1-9, 19KO) registered 121.5 in the scale while Arce came in at 123.25, a little over and above the contracted weight on his first try.
Philboxing's Ed de la Vega said, "Arce had to strip to his birthday suit to finally hit 122 lbs."
The 29-year-old Donaire is a Filipino-American boxer, who is originally from General Santos City, Philippines and fighting out of San Leandro, California, stands three inches higher than Arce at 5'7" with a reach of 63 inches.
The 33-year-old Jorge Arce, who hails from Sinaloa, Mexico, stands 5'4" with a win-loss record of 60-6 with two draws.