By Chuy Marco
I’ve been following Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel’s boxing career for many years,and, the one thing I can say is that if he is a betting underdog in this fight, putting money down on the underdog Montiel would be a wise bet because compared to Nonito Donaire, Montiel is the more experienced and proven fighter.
Through out the history of boxing, when it comes to the Philippines vs. Mexico, the Philippines has only prevailed with Manny Pacquiao, other Filipino boxers haven’t had the same success.
The promoters and boxing media have been trying to hype every new Filipino boxer as the next big thing or the next Manny Pacquiao, but all have failed, and Nonito will follow suit. I remember seeing many highly touted young Filipino boxers fall one by one against Mexicans, when they had their chance to be somebody they failed miserably and were never heard from again.
Rey Bautista got destroyed on HBO by the power punching Mexican Daniel Ponce De Leon in the first round losing by knockout and was never heard from again. Brian Viloria lost to Mexican Omar Nino Romero. AJ Banal lost to Panamanian boxer Rafael Concepcion by KO. Bobby Pacquiao, one of the dirtiest Filipino boxers remembered more for his low blow DQ of Mexican Hector Velasquez than anything, lost to Mexicans Humberto Soto and Urbano Antillon both by knockout. Randy Suico lost to Mexican boxers Javier Jauregui by decision and feather fisted Juan Diaz by TKO. And Z Gorres lost a decision to Fernando Montiel the Mexican champion who’s fighting Nonito Donaire on Feb. 19, 2011.
As you can see the Filipino boxers are no match when it comes to Mexican fighters. The only competitive rivalry is Manny Pacquiao versus Mexicans, once Pacquiao retires there will be no other Filipino who can compete.
If you want to talk about a real rivalry in boxing between countries you have to talk about Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, at least the Puerto Ricans have quality boxers and put up competitive fights with Mexicans, while the Filipino fighters today got wiped out easily by Mexican fighters.
Nonito Donaire is a good fighter, but I am not impressed with him, he is inconsistent and has a lot of flaws that Montiel will take advantage of, like leaving his hands low and running when he gets in trouble. Montiel hits harder than Donaire and has better boxing ability. I think Nonito is over hyped because of his one punch KO of Vic Darchinyan, and, him being labeled the future star of Filipino boxing after Manny Pacquiao retires. Compare their fight with Concepcion. Fernando Montiel beat Rafael Concepcion by knockout in the 3rd round and Nonito struggled against him en route to a decision win. I am not gonna predict a knockout but, I will say this, Montiel will have his hand raised when the fight ends.
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