Narvaez vs. Garcia: Nonito Donaire Is Only Challenge Left for the Hurricane

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IOctober 21, 2012

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 22:  (L-R) Omar Narvaez of Argentina squares up to Nonito Donaire of the Philippines in the WBC, WBO World Bantamweight Titles bout at Madison Square Garden on October 22, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Another top opponent and another victory for Omar Narvaez as he stopped Johnny Garcia in the 11th round to defend his WBO flyweight title.

Narvaez has won 22 of his last 23 fights with his only loss coming from Nonito Donaire last October.

Nonito has been just as dominant in his own weight class during his career. In fact, The Filipino Flash hasn't lost a bout since 2001. His last match with Japanese star Toshiaki Nishioka further proved his superior ability after winning by TKO in the ninth round.

The Hurricane has beaten anyone and everyone in his division, making it clear that he will likely see the same result from his next challenger. The only thing that's left is for Narvaez to avenge his loss to Donaire, no matter how difficult a challenge that might be.

The first bout between these two didn't go so well. Donaire was clearly the aggressor in the 2011 fight and Narvaez was only interested in running for his life for the majority of the fight. It was a disappointing finish to a matchup that many thought would be exciting.

It was anything but that.

Narvaez might be able to regain some respect if he would just stand toe to toe with Donaire. That might result in Narvaez getting knocked out, but at least boxing fans would give him an "E" for effort this time.

And if he were to win, it would easily be the biggest and most important win of Narvaez's career. Being that he's a heavy underdog in any such matchup, a victory would staple The Hurricane as one of the sport's best pound-for-pound boxers.

In order for this fight to happen, Narvaez and Donaire would have to meet at bantamweight. That still remains a huge advantage for The Filipino Flash.

Beyond Donaire, Narvaez doesn't have much else. The Hurricane would be wise taking a fight worthwhile and anything but fighting The Filipino Flash once again would be as close to a waste of time as you can get.