Nonito Donaire worked out in a Manhattan gym this afternoon and looked ready-- and sounded even more prepared-- for his 12-round World Bantamweight Championship fight against Omar Narvaez this Saturday night. So much so, the fast talking Filipino said he "will set a trap for him [Narvaez] because that's the kind of fighter I am."
Donaire (26-1, 18 KO's), the World Bantamweight Champion and considered one of the Top-Five pound-for-pound fighters in the world, will defend his title against the undefeated two-division champion Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KO's) at Madison Square Garden.
The 28 year-old Donaire told reporters at Kingsway Gym that he considers Narvaez " a tricky fighter," but added, "If he makes a mistake in front of me, I'll make him pay for it."
"I looked at how he stands," The Filipino Flash' said. " I can take advantage of the way he stands."
Donaire could have his hands full with the 36 year-old Argentine who will be making his U.S. debut.
Narvaez captured his first world title-- the WBO flyweight championship-- in 2002 against Adonis Rivas. He has since then defended his title 16 times during a seven year reign before vacating it by moving up to a heavier weight class. He won the vacant WBO junior bantamweight title in May 2010 in a unanimous decision over Erveth Briceno.
'The Hurricane,' who is revered in South America, has successfully defended his new title three times-- all by unanimous decision-- against opponents who had a combine record of 54-2 when he fought them.
Donaire's most impressive victory was his last fight, February 19, against WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel, who he knocked out with a devastating single punch in the second round. It ended Montiel's 25-bout win streak and stamped Donaire as one of the best fighters in the world. Ten of Donaire's last 11 wins have come by knockout.
The Filipino fighter reflected on the opening round of his last fight and said," I told everyone I was going to knock him [Montiel] out in the second round. I told everyone how it was going to end."
While the young Donaire was confident about the upcoming fight, he also showed respect for the older Narvaez.
"He's a veteran," said Donaire. "He's 36 years-old and still undefeated. He hasn't lost in all those years and that says something."
Donaire claims to have been hitting the gym more than watching tapes during his eight month layoff.
"This fight, being out of the ring for a while, I had to be in the best possible shape," he said.
The cock-sure Donaire also sounded like his game plan is still up in the a air.
"My guy, Robert Garcia, my trainer is working on dissecting his [Narvaez] style," said Donaire. "Whatever he [Narvaez] gives me in the first, depends on what he presents me, then I'll go from there."