3 years ago nonito was a 118 pound fighter, not a featehrweight. nonito had no business moving up to 126, it was too big for him, and i still think he could be abner mares and leo santa cruz. he should mvoe back down to 122. dont forget that nonito and other fighters have dropped rigondeaux and hit him with big shots, its not like nonito got totally outclassed, he lost a decision because he tried to go for a 1 punch ko and it didnt ever come. i still think he is a great fighter, he just has finally hit the weigh ceiling. his power is no mroe effective beyond 122. he hit walters with hard shots but it didnt hurt him enough to finish him. at 126 your gonna be fighting guys who are big punchers ho are on the verge of being 130 pounders like orlando salido and mikey garcia. those types of fighters are jsut to big for nonito to fight, and thats what e saw with walters. nonito just couldnt take the power. i give him props for having the balls to fight this guy instead of waiting for a fight against lomachenko.
many great fighters have tried to move up in weight and got blasted, its is a possibility whenever a guy decides to move up. tommy hearns went up to middleweight and got knoced out twice viciously. i think its s sign to go back down. you gota remember that the 122 lb division wasnt that stacked, so moving up to the highly competetive 126 division and then fighting one of the hard hitters, thats a lot to be able to overcome. id like to see rigondeaux move up to 126. look what happened to gamboa. i give them props for having the balls to do it, it doesnt mean their abilities are questionable. every fighter is not floyd mayweather or manny pacquiao.
Donaire was big enough for these weight classes, til he got in with a bigger guy....that's the way the cookie crumbles. Everybody that he's fought over the years, have been smaller than him. That Mathebula dude and V-12 were tall, but weight wise, Donaire was the bigger guy.
We can't say that Donaire can't compete at FW, because he ran into a bigger FW. In every division, you're gonna be bigger than some guys and some guys are gonna be bigger than you. We can't say that he had no business being in there with Walters because of the size (weight), but he fought a smaller Rigo a weight class lower, and nobody had a problem with it.
Thing is, there is a limit, and Donaire found it....as you mentioned. I still think he could beat guys like Mares and maybe....just maybe Gamboa...hell, maybe even Garcia...maybe. At the end of the day, it's about skill....that beats size (most days out of the week).
I say that he could beat those guys, because you have to think about it this way....have those guys been in with guys with Donaire's speed who lands at weird angles? Not really. We've seen Mares get buried by a slow counterpunch, and we've seen Garcia down a slow ugly punch at the hands of that skeletor lookin' motherf*cker a couple of fights ago. Gamboa's chin can be tapped, and we've seen him go down because he's careless as hell.
Now, I'm not saying that Donaire has THAT much pop at FW, but consider the following....he DID hurt Walters a few times last weekend....it wasn't a complete blowout like most are trying to make it into. Gotta love boxing fans....a guy that they can't stand, gets beat, and suddenly, their opponent who pulled off the W, gets all of these embellished accolades.
Again, Donaire DID hurt Walters a few times, but he neglected the body...classic Donaire....always looking for that ONE big shot to change the fight or end it...meanwhile, the other guys is out hustling him. Honestly, he and Walters fought kinda stupid in a few patches of that fight...Donaire just paid for his mistakes.
You make great points about the bigger guys in each division, so true. At the end of the day, skills can trump that, if the big guy isn't careful. A perfectly timed punch with juuuust enough pressure, can hurt anybody or end the fight....so a TKO is comprised of more than just power and size. Donaire can land at crazy angles at times, which can serve as trouble for guys like Mares, Gamboa, and Garcia.
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