MANILA, Philippines – World super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is widely recognized as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the sport, but his manager, Cameron Dunkin believes he deserves the top spot in that list.
Speaking with RingTV, Dunkin said that in his opinion, Donaire is “pound-for-pound, maybe the best fighter in the world.”
Donaire is ranked fourth in most pound-for-pound lists, after countryman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Argentine champion Sergio Martinez.
“As (Donaire) grows in weight, he’s just getting better and better and better. Like Nonito has told me, he hasn’t even started working on his body. He just keeps winning and winning,” Dunkin said.
“Now that he’s growing into the weights, he’s going to be terrific. I’m talking five, six, seven titles. Who knows where this all comes to end with Nonito,” he added.
Donaire will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight belt against IBF title-holder Jeffrey Mathebula on July 7 in California. If he is successful, he plans to challenge the other champions in an effort to become the undisputed king of the division.
Dunkin, who also promotes unbeaten boxer Timothy Bradley Jr., said he and Top Rank boss Bob Arum want to give Donaire every opportunity to become one of the sport’s greats.
“We really appreciate him, and want him to have all the opportunities that he can to be great. In my opinion, he’s already great. But he wants to be greater, and I want to do everything I can to help make that possible,” Dunkin said.