Petty misunderstanding between Donaire and Vasquez mars Thursday’s face-off
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Petty misunderstanding between Donaire and Vasquez mars Thursday’s face-off

San Antonio : TX : USA | Feb 03, 2012 at 1:23 AM PST
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A shoving match ensued between Nonito Donaire and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. during their face-off at Thursday's last press conference for their HBO-televised fight in San Antonio, Texas.

Vasquez started the rude children-like actions between the 2 boxers, according to Rachel, Donaire’s wife who serves as his business manager.

"They were standing face to face, and Donaire kept his hands to himself. Then Vazquez removed Donaire's hat. And Donaire touched him back and they started touching each other and pushing," said Rachel

Raquel added saying she doesn’t understand what Vasquez was thinking of; why he kept yelling at Donaire in Spanish when he can’t understand a word of what he was saying

The heightened atmosphere appears as the result of a series of tweets, one of which was directed at Nonito Donaire by a member of Vazquez's camp, according to Rachel.

Initially, Vasquez’s wife sarcastically twittered Donaire to tell him that he’s scared of the coming bout with her husband and that she’s coming over to San Antonio to see him there.

According to Rachel, Donaire just said, “you talk crap, but your husband doesn't”. In truth the boxers hadn't said anything to each other. Vasquez’ wife could have reported the matter over to Vazquez that Donaire was disrespecting her. So, that's what came up at the face off today at the press conference.

Donaire who gives due respect to fellow boxers has pounded 2 trash-talking opponents before.

Remember? Vic Darchinyan was 28-0 before Donaire stopped him in the fifth round in July of 2007, and Fernando Montiel was, likewise, stopped for the first time in his career by second-round knockout in February of last year.

Donaire and Vazquez are fighting for the WBO 122-pound belt vacated by Jorge Arce, who took the crown from Vazquez by 12th-round stoppage last May before dropping down to earn the WBO's bantamweight belt with a unanimous decision over Angky Angkota last November.

With 27-1, 18 knockouts, Donaire is making his 122-pound début against Vazquez, 21-1-1, 18 KOs, at the Alamodome this Saturday following a one-sided unanimous decision over WBO junior bantamweight titleholder Omar Narvaez in the last defense of his WBC/WBO bantamweight belts last October.

"I know he has good power and decent speed. I respect him as a fighter. But in terms of overall skill, I have the advantage," said Donaire in an earlier interview with RingTV.com. "It will be a great fight. We both are coming to win and the fans are going to get their money's worth."

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The Donaire-Vasquez Thursday face-off was marked by shoving and use of foul language. The boxers will vie for the WBO 122-pound belt left vacant by Jorge Arce who took the crown from Vasquez by 12th-round stoppage last May.
nicanorr is based in Catbalogan, Eastern Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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