ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports held the final press conference for Pinoy Pride 30, Thursday afternoon at the Solaire Resort & Casino’s Grand Ballroom, Pasay City
Nonito Donaire Jr. (33-3, 21 KO’s) and Donnie Nietes (34-1-4, 20 KO’s) came face-to-face with their respective opponents at today’s press conference two days before their title fights on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City.
The five division world champion, Donaire will be facing Brazil’s William Prado (22-4-1 15 KO’s) for the vacant NABF super bantamweight title, while Donnie “Ahas” Nietes will be defending his WBO light flyweight title for the 7th time against the hard hitting Gilberto Parra (19-2, 17 KO’s) of Mexico.
The Talibon, Bohol native Donaire, who was also a former IBF, WBO, The Ring Super Bantamweight, WBC, WBO Bantamweight, Interim WBA Super Flyweight, IBF and IBO Flyweight Champion, will be fighting at the Araneta Coliseum in front of his Filipino fans for the second time in his career.
“I’m really honored to be here and very happy with the opportunity that has been given to me, to present myself and to see if Nonito Donaire still has it, that’s the question we all have after my last fight,” said Donaire “I feel that I already found the key to rise again. Prado is a very dangerous opponent so expect a lot of entertainment and fireworks this Saturday night,” added by the 32-year-old Donaire.
The Philippines’ longest reigning world champion Donnie Nietes is now part of the Elorde’s Hall of Fame, along with Nonito Donaire Jr., last night at the 15th Elorde boxing awards and Banquet of Champions ; after being named Elorde’s Boxer of the year for seven straight years. His fight on Saturday will be another opportunity for him to display his skills to the boxing fans around the globe.
“I trained very hard for this fight, me and my team studied my opponent, especially the things he can bring on fight night. I’ll be prepared and will give everything this Saturday,” said Nietes. “I’m going to knock him out,” the WBO Light Flyweight Champion concluded.