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Donaire ready to
move up in weight

Reigning world bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. doesn’t mind going up in weight if none among the elite fighters in the 118-pound division would dare meet him in the ring.

Donaire is set to defend his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization titles on May 28 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Previously, Anselmo Moreno of Panama and the World Boxing Association titleholder had been named as the Filipino’s next opponent, but disagreement on the possible prize purse apparently forced Moreno to back out of the fight.

At the moment, Donaire’s foe remains unknown, although he said there are a lot of options to choose from a list that includes Japanese Koki Kameda, Mexican Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko, the reigning International Boxing Federation titlist.

Standing at 5-foot-6, the lanky, 28-year-old two-time world champion said he can go up as far as featherweight (126) and super-featherweight (130) after going down to as low as 112 pounds, where he won the IBF flyweight title with that spectacular fifth-round knockout of fearsome Vic Darchinyan.

Despite being clueless on who he will next face in the ring, the fighter dubbed the "Filipino Flash" is not taking any chances.

The two-time world champion also remained non-committal whether to sign another promotional contract with Top Rank’s Bob Arum.

Donaire’s contract with Top Rank is set to expire, but he said his lawyer and long-time manager, Cameron Dunkin, are the ones taking care of the matter.

Meanwhile, the Baguio city government has started to implement all needed security measures to assure peace and order in this mountain resort as eight world division titlist Manny Pacquiao began his training here for his forthcoming May 7 welterweight title defense in Las Vegas, U.S.A.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said that "Congressman Pacquiao is our special visitor that the city is ready to give further assistance for his training if he and his staff will request."

The legion of fans of the boxing champion is looking forward to join him in his jogging sessions here. In his previous trainings, Pacquiao jogged at various parks and an exclusive subdivision.

This is now the third time Pacquiao trains for his bouts abroad. He is set to face former three-division champion Sugar Shane Mosley.

Unlike in his previous trainings, Baguio currently has fair weather with only cloudy periods.

Team Pacquiao still remembers how they dodge the effects of the disastrous Typhoon "Pepeng" in 2009 and the super typhoon "Juan" last year. *PNA


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