Boxing is a freelance sport, without a central league body. It has so many moving parts, and moving mouths, that the sports' grapevine is maybe the richest of any pro sport. Some of those mouths have been busy this week. They're chattering that maybe Nonito Donaire's camp for his Saturday scrap at Radio City Music Hall wasn't one of his most stellar. I posed that question point blank to the fighter's wife, Rachel, who knows him better than anyone.
She said that was bunk, that camp was great. Yes, some of his focus has been on their baby, their first child, due to arrive in July. Rachel will usually hang with Nonito at camp, but she stayed in California while he trained in Vegas. So Nonito would do a quickie flight, about an hour, to visit her, and "talk to the tummy." Yes, the super feather champ regularly talks to her swollen belly and the little being inside. "I've been getting the house ready, the nursery," she explained. "It would be more stress if I was in camp. His confidence is really high." The boxer has scouted foe Guillermo Rigondeaux more than he usually does, she said, because he saw the Cuban live in November 2010, when Rigo fought on a Pacquiao undercard. "He was pointing out his mistakes then," Rachel said. "Usually he watches just a clip or two of an opponent."
Rachel said her hubby realizes that the Cuban might fall into a defensive shell at Radio City and Nonito will have to press the action, be the aggressor.
She said Nonito analyzed his last New York fight, against Omar Narvaez in October 2011, and now knows better how to break a fighter disinclined to open up. "I think Rigo will run once he feels Nonito's power," she said.