MANILA — Nonito Donaire has been told to be on guard as Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is working diligently to pit him against Mexican daredevil Jorge Arce in a fight set in Mexico City on Dec. 15.

Although a formal announcement about the fight would be made soon, Donaire said that even though he had just come off a win and still nursing a hand injury, he believes he can whip himself into shape in six weeks for the match with rough and durable Arce.

“I am still in shape,” Donaire told a handful of scribes during a press conference on his upcoming movie “Palad Ta Ang Nagbuot” (Our Fate Decides), a Visayan film that will be released on Oct. 31.

Donaire, accompanied by his wife Rachel and joined on the dais by ABS-CBN executive Peter Musngi after arriving from the US, said he will immediately return to San Francisco as soon as his fight with Arce is confirmed by Arum.

He said the injury in his left hand would not pose as a problem, disclosing that he had consulted with his doctor in the US.

“He told me that it’ll be fine, and it’s just that I punch really hard,” he said.

He knocked out Japanese boxer Toshiaki Nishioka last Oct. 13 in Los Angeles, and is raring to get back into action to prove that he truly ranks among the world’s best.

Donaire had made statement with his Nishioka victory, and the whole world heard it loud and clear.

A few days ago, Arce had a mouthful to say about Donaire’s destruction of Nishioka, stressing that most of the fighters the Filipino had beaten were scared stiff.

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Arce said Donaire doesn’t faze him and he is looking forward to the day when he gets the chance to show his stuff.

“Those are just words,” said Donaire, who didn’t want to get affected by Arce’s scathing remarks.

“Arce’s style is tailor-made for me,” he said. (Manila Bulletin)