Nonito Donaire returned to Manila yesterday and said he was glad to finish off Mexican challenger Jorge Arce in the third round saying long bouts normally create future physical and mental problems for boxers.
"Mas gusto ko knockout agad kasi pag back and forth ang action, you have more damage that way."
Donaire said he sensed victory as early as the second round after he noticed that Arce became cautious from engaging him.
"After the second round, parang natakot sya ng kaunti nung nakita nya na mahirap nya ako suntukin, umilag at umatras sya," said Donaire. "Nuon ago naging aggressive."
He said he found the opening late in the third round and caught Arce with a left hook.
The WBO super bantamweight champion then thanked his fans for their support.
"Binigay ko lahat ng makakaya ko, in terms of fighting and in doing so, I hope I was able to give something to the Filipino people."
According to the Filipino Flash, it gave him so much pride to raise the Philippine flag after the fight with Arce, especially after Manny Pacquiao's surprising defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Asked why he hovered near the downed Arce, Nonito said, "It's the killer instinct in me. You have to finish the job. Pag may awa ka, it could happen (knockout) to you."
Asked whether Manny Pacquiao had already lost his killer instict, Nonito answered said no.
"He (Pacquiao) still had the killer instinct during his fight against Marquez. He had the speed as well as the strength. It was obvious that he wanted to finish Marquez right away. Pero natamaan siya ng surprise blow."
He then cast his doubt over the surprising increase in Marquez's body size saying, "For all my life in boxing, there has never been a Mexican fighter from Julio Ceasar Chavez, who had a body like Marquez."
"But I am not accusing anything." Nonito said.
Nonito said, he plans to stay in the Philippines until Dec. 23, then fly back to the US to spend the holidays with his wife and family.
"Relax muna and have a good holiday," Nonito said when asked about his holiday plans. "Time out muna and turn off my cellphone. We have to relax after a very hectic year."
He then said that although there are no concrete plans yet for his bouts next year, he would really like to fight either Abner Mares or Guillermo Rigondeaux, and that he would like to move up to the Featherweight category at 126 pounds.
Nonito added that he will meet with Fil-Am rapper Apl De Ap of the group Black Eyed Peas for a possible visit to the victims of the recent typhoon Pablo in Mindanao.