However, the fight took a drastically different turn than what I expected. I had them splitting the first and second rounds. But on my card, Vic Darchinyan took rounds 3 through 5 and looked to be on his way to securing a victory. Darchinyan was waiting and wasn't being entirely aggressive as he's had in the past. Darchinyan measured and countered Donaire and looked to be the better boxer through the midway point. But of course, boxing isn't without it's ebbs and flows. Donaire eventually mounted a smarter offense and squeaked out some close rounds, winning rounds 6 through 8 on my scorecards.
Thus like ringside unofficial judge Steve Weisfeld, I had the fight even going into the 9th round.
The fight ended as I predicted with Donaire walking out the victor. Yet, Donaire showed his vulnerability again as he did against Rigondeaux; to be a hittable target to a patient counter punching style. Max Kellerman said it best. He is no longer the Mike Tyson like figure who guys are so afraid to punch at, that he wins all the rounds until he eventually knocks them out. Nonito Donaire is going to have to start earning his wins as he did against Darchinyan their second time around. Hopefully the Filipino Flash has restored his passion for boxing and is ready to climb the pound for pounds ranks again.
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