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SUPERUNKNOWN: Nonito Donaire-Jeffrey Mathebula Preview

In the end, it looks like Donaire, San Leandro, California, will have a tough haul in front of him tomorrow night. At times, "The Filipino Flash" looks like he might be wearing an invisible pneumatic exoskeleton in the ring. Donaire can be that explosive. Other times, he tends to lose focus, and, like many fighters gifted with extraordinary athleticism, Donaire, 29, seems impatient when unable to close the show quickly. He is like a bricklayer who—mystifyingly—always wants to start at the top row. Learning to build a foundation in the ring from the opening bell is something he should have learned long ago, but that kind of patience is as yesteryear as horse-drawn buggies and spirit photography are. Few fighters work diligently, round by round, to produce a gradual result if an immediate one is unavailable. From The Cruelest Sport
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