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Donaire hopes victory leads to title shot

Nonito Donaire has moved back down to junior featherweight since losing his featherweight title to Nicholas Walters. Jonathan Moore/Getty Images

Nonito Donaire has won world titles in four weight classes (five if you count interim belts) and was the consensus 2012 fighter of the year.

After winning a featherweight world title by fifth-round technical decision against Simpiwe Vetyeka 14 months ago, Donaire lost it in his first defense as he suffered a rough sixth-round knockout to Nicholas Walters in October.

Feeling as though he was not big enough to beat the top featherweights, Donaire, whose first world title came at flyweight, returned to junior featherweight, where he has also won a title. In a homecoming fight in his native Philippines, Donaire knocked out journeyman William Prado in the second round in March.

Donaire (34-3, 22 KOs), 32, will be back in action Saturday to face France’s unheralded Anthony Settoul (20-3, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round contest (UniMas, same-day tape, 11 p.m. ET/PT) at the Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena in Macau.

A victory could set up Donaire for a world title shot against England’s Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs), who would have to successfully defend his belt against former titlist Kiko Martinez on Saturday in Manchester, England.

Donaire answered some questions from ESPN.com as he heads into Saturday’s fight:

This will be your second fight in a row in Asia and third in your last four to take place there – one in the Philippines and two in Macau. How do you feel about fighting overseas and sort of being "out of sight, out of mind" to American fans?

Boxing has become a global sport and I am grateful to have the opportunity to be fighting in the Far East. They are great fans. And because of boxing's international appeal, fans seem to be able to keep up with my training camps and fights. Based on my social [media] platform traffic, I don't feel that I am out of mind of U.S. fans at all. Having this fight on as the main event on UniMas also benefits my visibility in the U.S.

What do you know about Settoul, who is quite obscure?

He is an excellent boxer. I need to be patient with him and not get reckless. The key to being successful against him will be in cutting off the ring and shortening the distance between us.

What are your expectations for the bout?

"In this training camp my dad [and trainer, Nonito Donaire Sr.] and I really worked on honing my boxing skills to set up my power shots rather than just going in looking for a knockout of the year. My power is still there. It's all about using it effectively.

Are you still comfortable making the 122-pound junior featherweight limit and was it the right decision for you to go back to that weight class after the loss to Walters?

Absolutely. 122 is where I belong. It's where I fight at my best.

Your promoter, Top Rank’s Bob Arum, has been vocal in saying that he has been talking to Scott Quigg’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, about making a fight between you two in the fall as long as you and Quigg win on Saturday. Does that fight appeal to you?

I really like that fight with Quigg. Great for me and great for the fans. I'm totally on board.