Nonito Donaire Jr. is not counting on what happened six years ago.
Donaire knocked out Vic Darchinyan in their first meeting in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The 30-year-old Filipino superstar insists that things have changed.
He does not really look back but only looks forward – to this fight, said Donaire heading to today’s rematch at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
They have grown so much since six years ago in 2007.
He can go back and get a little reference to that fight in 2007 but he will be a lot different when he shows up today.
Darchinyan is now 37, one of the oldest active boxers but he said age does not matter.
What is important to him is the chance to get back at Donaire.
In Aug. 7, 2007, Darchinyan fought Donaire heavily tipped to win.
But he walked straight into the Filipino’s left hook that looked more like a cross and got knocked out.
The rest is history, and the flamboyant boxer from Armenia said a few days ago he is taking this opportunity to avenge the stunning loss.
Darchinyan weighed in yesterday at 125.75 pounds while Donaire tipped the scales at 125.25.
He faced Darchinyan as former world heavyweight champion George Foreman stood in front of them.
Donaire, who lost his WBO and WBA super-bantamweight titles to Guillermo Rigondeaux last April, said the rematch would not last the distance.
Donaire said he had a great camp after being reunited with his father.
He now has trainer Robert Garcia to his right and his father to his left.
And now he is counting on both hands to do the job.
But Darchinyan is unfazed – not with his age, not with Donaire’s fists and not with what happened in 2007.
He wants to show everyone what he can do in the ring.
He does only have power and skills and cannot wait to show the people.
It does not matter how old he is. He is very prepared.
He cannot wait to come and show excitement and when they see the fight they will know what he is talking about.
Darchinyan mentioned the names of fighters older than him – Sergio Martinez (38), Juan Manuel Marquez (40) and Bernard Hopkins (48).
It was his mistake in 2007 and he has good skills and power and he will not make the mistake again, Darchinyan added.