Manny Pacquiao News: Nonito Donaire Fires Back At Pacquiao's 'Lazy' Comments

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 12/01/16 12:47PM EST

There apparently is a slight rift brewing between Filipino boxing elites Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr.

Both men fought in one card for the first time in their careers last November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Pacquiao was returning from a seven-month retirement and won against Jessie Vargas, bagging the WBO welterweight title in the process. Donaire, meanwhile, lost the WBO super bantamweight title against Jessie Magdaleno via unanimous decision.

After the fight, "Pacman" took shots at Donaire's work ethic, claiming that "The Filipino Flash" was being "lazy" in training. He went on to reiterate that "Boxing is no joke."

"Whoever your trainer is if you don't train seriously, you'll end up with nothing. I'm hoping he'll train seriously if he's determined to come back," Pacquiao said via The Manila Times.

Pacquiao also criticized Donaire's performance during the fight. Specifically, he pointed out how the latter's footwork was "heavy", had "no air" and lacked in timing.

"Magdaleno is an Olympian, a good undefeated fighter and hungry. Donaire took his opponent for granted and I don't know why," Pacquiao went on to add.

Nonito's wife Rachel was the first one to vocalize her sentiments about Pacquiao's statements. For her, she was hoping that Pacquiao's piece of advice was "done out of love, not malice." She also pointed out the coincidental similarity in the score cards of Donaire's fight with Magdaleno and Pacquiao's fight with Floyd Mayweather in May 2015. Both fights bore a 118-110, 116-112, 116-112 tally. But for his part, Nonito chose to respond in a diplomatic manner.

"People may look at [my game plan] as lazy, but we worked really hard in that camp. I think people don't really have the proper opinion to state if I'm lazy - if they've never been there [in my camp]," Donaire said via BoxingScene, while also adding that Pacquiao holds his right to express an opinion.

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