We have been reliably informed that the November 22nd Macau card featuring the next bout of Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38) will not feature Pacquiao's compatriot Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21), despite speculation to the contrary this past weekend.
Donaire, who defeated Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-3, 16) via technical decision this past weekend for the WBA Featherweight "Super" title, had been mentioned for the co-feature of the Pacquiao headlined card though that idea was shot down by Pacquiao's advisor Michael Koncz. Although Bob Arum seemed to want the two Filipino stars on the same show Koncz has pointed out that Donaire wouldn't actually add much to the card considering his cost and that of an opponent. Effectively stating that the fan base of both are the same people and basically suggesting both men can fill the arena on separate cards.
It seems that whilst we know Donaire won't be on the card we don't really know what bouts will be on it. We have had Pacquiao confirmed for the show and he will be defending his WBO Welterweight title, though his opponent is yet to be named with a lot of possible fighters being mentioned. One of those fighters, Juan Carlos Abregu (36-1, 29), has been "downgraded" as opponent according to one source who suggested that we should consider Abregu out of the running.
Although no other fights have been announced there is a lot of speculation hinting at a contest between Zou Shiming (4-0, 1) and Alberto Rossel (32-8-0-1, 13) for the WBA Flyweight title as the chief support bout. Shiming does have a fight in the interim, on July 19th, but if he wins then this bout is apparently all but a formality from what we've been told.
Other fighters expected on the card will be Rex Tso (13-0, 8) and Kuok Kun Ng (4-0, 2) though both have interim contests on July 19th, just like Shiming and, like Shiming, will likely need to win them to be featured on this show.
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