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Nonito Donaire vs. Abner Mares: Who Would Win?

Abner Mares Nonito DonaireBy Gibran Samad: Current WBO, The Ring, and WBC Diamond Super Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire has had a magnificent 2012, fighting 4 times last year and defeating all of his opponents with 2 wins by KO and 2 by decision. Not to mention his random 24/7 PED testing that he has been open too, with all tests coming back negative.

Donaire has really made a name for himself in the Bantamweight division, but someone else has been on the rise as well, current WBC Super Bantamweight champion Abner Mares. For the past 2 years the fans have wanted to see Donaire match up against Mares or WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, but for action fight sake, we’ll go with Abner Mares.

A young, tough kid with good speed, and isn’t afraid to come forward, Nonito Donaire, good speed, footwork, timing is on point, has explosive power in that left hand of his, and can go toe-to-toe or sit back and counter-punch if necessary. Analyzing both fighters, Donaire seems to be the better-rounded fighter. Judging from their last fight, who would win?

You have Donaire coming off a sensational KO victory over another tough brawler Jorge Arce. From round 1, Donaire didn’t rush; he took his time and found his opportunities to land clean effective blows. In round 3, a right hand sent Arce reeling and as soon as he got his legs back under him, “The Filipino Flash” caught Arce cold with that tornado left hand of his and Jorge was out.

Then you have Mares coming off a decision win over Anselmo Moreno, who which he did waste anytime pursuing. From the opening bell in round 1 to the closing bell in round 12, Mares charged like a wild bull towards Moreno landing some clean blows, throwing caution and defense out the window. Mares made it a tough night for Moreno with his aggressive style, but would it work on Nonito?

I strongly believe if Mares comes charging at “The Filipino Flash” the way he did at Moreno, he can very well find himself face first on the canvas. Nonito will find his opportunity to land that left hand while Mares tries to be aggressive and exchanges with him. It may very well be an early night for Mares if his defense doesn’t improve, he’ll have to get a whole new game plan to still make it on his feet and secure a victory.

Final Verdict: Mares comes out aggressive and tries to bang it out with Nonito but keeps his right hand because hes aware of Donaire power left. Nonito pops Mares with a straight right (like he did with Nishioka) then catches him with a left. Mares is down, gets back up, and Nonito swarms in and the ref stops the fight. No round predictions because Nonito’s left can catch you at any time. So while Nonito and Abner think of their next bout, we can only think to ourselves: “Who Would Win?”


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