Montiel, Donaire clash for supremacy

The fight poster that adorns the light boxes throughout Mandalay Bay advertises the much-anticipated showdown between unified bantamweight title holder Fernando Montiel and top-10 pound-for-pound fighter Nonito Donaire. Near the top, above their photos and under the words "World Championship," the poster reads, in big, bold letters: "Mexico vs. The Philippines."Besides crowning the top bantamweight in the world, the fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday night is all about patriotic pride in the latest payment of a growing rivalry between the boxing-mad countries.

"This fight between Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel everybody who follows boxing knows it will be a great fight, but the attractive thing for me about this fight the countries where these fighters come from, the Philippines and Mexico," Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said. "There is almost frenzy about this fight. I was informed that in the Philippines there are two one-hour specials promoting the fight, and they are expecting a huge spectators on Sunday morning, which is their time equivalent of when the fight will be aired.

"In Mexico, there is marvelous anticipation and great media coverage. It is my hope that the enthusiasm that is coming from the Philippines and Mexico permeates in the United States, that people that follow boxing and casual sports fans watch this fight on HBO because it truly will be a great fight for the sport of boxing."In the co-feature, Philadelphia welterweight Mike Jones (23-0, 18 KOs) meets Mexico's Jesus Soto-Karass (24-5-3, 16 KOs) in a rematch of Jones' majority decision win on Nov. 13 on the pay-per-view undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito fight at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


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