MANILA, Philippines — One week before his clash with Mexican boxer Fernando Montiel, Filipino bantamweight contender Nonito Donaire Jr. has landed on Las Vegas, Nevada.
Donaire went straight to the University of Las Vegas track aboard a van with a picture of him spread across the vehicle's surface.
The "Filipino Flash" went early for his training as to get himself used to the cold climate.
From his 7-week long training, Donaire underwent sprints to improve his speed and power.
He said he will use these routines once more to help him seize Montiel's World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight crowns, when they go toe-to-toe at the Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino in Las Vegas February 19 (Feb. 20, in Manila).
"Ready na 'ko at excited na ako sa laban na ito," said Donaire.
Donaire is busy training with trainer Jonathan Penñalosa and wife Rachel.
The 3 are now anticipating their team to be complete soon. Pacman wishes Donaire luck
Compatriot and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao also arrived in Las Vegas to kick off his press tour of his fight with American "Sugar" Shane Mosley.
He met Mosley at the MGM Grand Arena, which has been seeping with fans who were also allowed to ask questions.
The fans were thrilled when Mosley and Pacquiao went centerstage to have their pictures taken.
Meanwhile, Mosley claimed he is faster than Pacquiao's most recent foe, Antonio Margarito. Of this, Mosley believes he will have better chances against Pacman.
"My conditioning is very good. It's in tip-top shape... I know he throws a lot of punches so I'm gonna make sure that I'm ready to go to war with Manny Pacquiao," the American boxer said.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, said he is excited to take on the former 3-time world champion.
"Hindi ito mabagal na kalaban. Hindi siya kasing slow kay Margarito. Mosley he had also speed. Kailangan nating paghandaang mabuti... [I will] train hard for his fight para hindi naman ma-disappoint ang mga fans and the millions of Filipinos," he said.
Pacquiao also sent his regards on Donaire for the upcoming bantamweight title fight.
"Pinoy power! Good luck to Donaire and itaas mo ang bandila, at nandito kamisa likod mo at nagdadasal ulit. Salamat samga karangalan na binigay mo sa bansa. Kaming mga Pilipino ay proud sa 'yo," he said. — Report by Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News, Las Vegas, Nevada