The bout is Donaire's first since being stopped by Nicholas Walters last year in an exciting and memorable Featherweight clash and sees him dropping back down to Super Bantamweight, where he previously held the WBO, IBF and WBC "Diamond" titles. Thankfully the drop down in weight doesn't appear to have been a problem and Donaire hit the scales at 122lbs, whilst looking a touch fleshy.
Donaire wasn't the only man bang on the limit for the fight with Prado also weighing in at 122lbs, though he was even more fleshy than Donaire suggesting that he's capable of fighting at least one weight lower, in fact we suspect that if he tried he could make Super Flyweight with out any issues.
Whilst the bout isn't a big one in terms of the match up it is a significant one for Filipino fans and Donaire. For Donaire a loss will be the end, and even a win may not be enough to keep him relevant in the sport. On the other hand it's his first bout in the Philippines since he stopped Raul Martinez almost 6 years ago. If this is the end of Donaire then at least Filipino fans will get the chance to see it.
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