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Donaire eyes fight in the Philippines

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com that former four-division titlist Nonito Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs), the 2012 fighter of the year, who lost his featherweight world title by rough sixth-round knockout to Nicholas Walters on Oct. 18, plans to fight on and likely will make his return in his native Philippines.

“He wants to fight in the Philippines,” Arum said. “We’re going to see if we can book him in a fight in March.”

Donaire, who grew up in Northern California, has not boxed in the Philippines since April 2009, when he knocked out Raul Martinez in the fourth round to retain his flyweight world title.

Arum said when he is in Macau, China, next week for Manny Pacquiao’s Nov. 22 welterweight title defense against Chris Algieri, he will meet with executives from Filipino television network ABS-CBN to discuss a deal for Donaire’s next fight.

Arum said Donaire likely will return to the junior featherweight division.