Donaire: Crime down in the Philippines when me and Manny fight


WBO super-bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire believes crime will fade away from the streets of the Philippines when he and national icon Manny Pacquiao share a November fight card in Las Vegas.

The 33-year-old Donaire defends his latest belt against the unbeaten Jessie Magdaleno at the Thomas & Mac Center next month before countryman Pacquiao ends his short-lived retirement with a tilt at Jessie Vargas' WBO welterweight crown.

Donaire's homeland famously comes to a standstill when boxing great Pacquiao is in action and he expects the excitement to be ramped up as the duo prepare to box on the same bill for the first time.

"It's a tremendous honour and I'm very, very excited - as well as fighting an unbeaten guy," the 33-year-old told Omnisport.

"It's put in place a lot of excitement going into it that me and Manny are on the same card.

"Crime goes down, there's no one in the streets - it's incredible when Manny and I fight.

"There will be no crimes and nobody in the street because they're watching these fights."

Pacquiao briefly called time on his career after an impressive points win over Timothy Bradley in April, but Donaire feels he has plenty left to give provided the eight-weight champion's commitment to the sport remains as strong as in his heyday.

"I'm excited to see more of what's to come from him, as long as he can focus himself and be dedicated all over again," Donaire explained.

"I know, being at that level for such a long time, dedication is a question. So long as he finds that dedication there is still a lot more coming from him."

Donaire is on four-fight winning streak after his sixth-round stoppage loss to WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters in 2014, having won a unanimous decision over Cesar Juarez to collect his current title before halting Zsolt Bedak inside nine minutes in April.

"Right now what drives me is this belt that I'm holding - the WBO world championship that I acquired last December," he added.

"To me, this is the most important belt because I fought my heart out for that [Juarez] fight and that's why this belt has so much significance.

"This is where I want to be - the world champion, and nothing can take that away from me."