Robert Garcia gives us an update on Brandon Rios and Nonito Donaire
Apr 21 2014 7:08 PM
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Trainer Robert Garcia chats with Boxing Channel on the upcoming plans for some of the fighters he works with, Brandon Rios and  Nonito Donaire.

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The Shadow says:

How much psychological collateral damage did Guillermo Rigondeaux leave in Nonito Donaire's mind?

I can't help but think that the same momentum and supreme confidence with which he trained — and therefore fought — can only be built when you're riding a tidal wave of success like the run he was on.

Donaire was clicking on all cylinders. I can't help but think that every time he tries something new in training, in the back of his mind, where optimism once lay, skepticism now thrives. Self doubt now grows. And confidence now wanes.

That carries over to fights. And I believe we saw an example of that in his last outing. Couldn't have had any less to do with a pregnancy and a sore shoulder.

While I'm not totally convinced Rigondeaux “took his soul” for good, I do think he left some damage in the mind of Donaire from which The Filipino Flash will struggle to recover.

What do you guys think?

oubobcat says:

I agree with that statement. Donaire was on an absolute roll before the Rigondeaux fight. Everything was going his way in the ring and he was steamrolling opponents.

When he faced adversity against Rigondeaux, he seemed lost and frustrated. He didn't know what to do and went back to winging shots and hoping to catch lightening in a bottle.

Against Darchinyan, I think Donaire thought he'd show up and toll through Darchinyan again. He forgot how to set up his punches and thus lost control of the situation again. Once again, he didn't know what to do but this time he did catch lightening in a bottle.

I have no idea what to expect from Donaire against Vetyeka. I will say I do not think it is good that he is not training with Garcia at the moment. After his last two performances, he really needs a strong trainer to be drilling it in his head that he can't just rely on showing up and his opponent falling over. He needs to get back to what got him to the top in the first place and learn how he set up those big power punches. He needs to be working with Garcia and needs to be doing so now. This is a make or break fight in his career and I am not sure if he realizes that. Or if he does, it may not be as important to him as it once was.