|Real name||Nonito Donaire, Jr.|
|Nickname(s)||The Filipino Flash|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
November 16, 1982 |
Talibon, Bohol, Philippines
|Wins by KO||23|
Nonito Donaire, Jr. (English: do-NIGH-reh; born November 16, 1982) is a Filipino American professional boxer who is popularly known as "The Filipino Flash" for his quick hand speed and punching power. Donaire is a four-weight world champion having won titles in the flyweight, bantamweight, super bantamweight, and featherweight divisions and an interim title holder in the super flyweight division.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Amateur career
- 3 Professional career
- 3.1 Early years as professional boxer
- 3.2 Flyweight
- 3.3 Super flyweight
- 3.4 Bantamweight
- 3.5 Super Bantamweight
- 3.6 Featherweight
- 3.7 Return to Super Bantamweight
- 4 Professional boxing record
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Titles in boxing
- 7 Recognitions
- 8 In popular culture
- 9 Filmography
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Donaire's father was an amateur boxer who competed in the US in the early 1990s. His paternal grandfather was born in Hawaii, United States, giving Donaire US citizenship under the principle of Jus Sanguinis. In 1993, at the age of eleven, Donaire joined his father in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California. They later lived in San Leandro, California. and San Mateo County, California.
In 2011, Donaire said that during his childhood he wished for more attention from his parents and, after his brother started boxing, the attention given to him. This was his reason for entering the sport of boxing at the age of eleven. His father supported his choice as it would keep Donaire off the streets. In his first amateur bout, he beat his opponent with straight punches, all the while thinking that "I’m going to kill him before he kills me." However, Donaire had little confidence until he had five professional knockout victories.
During their younger years, Donaire and his older brother Glenn sparred. Donaire also watched videos of his hero, Alexis Argüello, and from them he learnt to throw a powerful left hook. While enrolled at the San Lorenzo High School in San Lorenzo, California Donaire and his brother won several regional and district amateur boxing championships.
As a young American amateur boxer, Donaire won three national championships: the National Silver Gloves (1998), National Junior Olympics (1999) and the National USA Tournament (2000). He also won the 1999 International Junior Olympics gold medal. Donaire's amateur record was 68 - 8 with 5 technical knockouts (TKOs).
In 2001, Donaire and his brother became professional boxers. They signed contracts with a promoter, Jackie Kallen. Donaire was paid a monthly salary of $1,500. In 2001, after a controversial decision, Donaire lost his second fight against Rosendo Sanchez. This impassioned him to win his fights which he did until April 2013. After four professional bouts, Donaire and his brother left their contracts with Kallen and returned to Manila and then to San Leandro, where there were fewer distractions.
Early years as professional boxer
On September 9, 2002 in Guam, Donaire won his first regional title, the vacant WBO Asia Pacific flyweight title. He knocked out Kaichon Sor Vorapin in the second round. On January 20, 2006, Donaire won his second regional title, the NABF super flyweight title, by defeating Kahren Harutyunyan on ShoBox on a split decision. The scores were 97–92, 97–92 for Donaire and 95–94 for Harutyunan. On October 7, 2006, Donaire defeated Oscar Andrade, a veteran boxer, by 118–109, 116–112, and 116–112.
Donaire vs. Darchinyan I
On July 7, 2007, Donaire won the IBF flyweight title with a one-punch, fifth round knockout of the then undefeated Vic Darchinyan. This victory was awarded Ring Magazine's "Knockout of the Year" and "Upset of the Year".
On July 31, 2007, Donaire met Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Donaire said the experience was, "an overwhelming feeling. It was indescribable. The moment I walked up the stairs and she was up there and when I looked it was a moment when I couldn’t even look at her face. It was a great honor." Then, on December 1, 2007, Donaire made the first defense of his IBF title against Luis Maldonado of Mexico by a technical knockout in the eighth round. Donaire said, "I guess my validation was today but I didn't feel my best; I felt sluggish. I didn't have my legs. I don't know what the problem was. I couldn't move well so I tried to rely on my upper body movement."
In late June 2008, Donaire severed his association with his promoter, Gary Shaw. Donaire had not been offered the number of fights his contract demanded. Shaw also failed to disclose revenue from fights as demanded by the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. Days after leaving Gary Shaw Productions, Donaire made a contract with Top Rank Boxing.
On November 2, 2008, Donaire made the defense of his IBF flyweight title through a sixth round (1:31) technical knockout of Moruti Mthalane. During the sparring, Donaire suffered an asthma attack and could not carry through the twelve rounds. Donaire's asthma later became public knowledge after a mandatory physical examination. Although Donaire's asthma condition was well managed in general, after his illness in the Mthalane fight, Donaire became estranged from his father who did not acknowledge the medical problem.
On April 19, 2009, Donaire faced flyweight, Raul Martinez, for a third defense of his IBF flyweight title at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines. Donaire scored a TKO in the fourth round (2:42). For this match, Donaire was trained by the Peñalosa brothers: Gerry, Dodie Boy and Jonathan. After the match, Donaire was recorded in the Ring Magazine pound for pound rankings in seventh position.
The International Boxing Federation ordered a rematch between Donaire and the previous challenger, Moruti Mthalane to take place by August 1, 2009. However, Donaire, now 115 pounds (52 kg) wished to move up to the junior bantamweight/super flyweight division.
Donaire vs. Concepción
Donaire was to fight Hugo Fidel Cazares on August 15, 2009 but negotiations failed. Rafael Concepción of Panama replaced Cazares as Donaire's opponent for the Interim WBA super flyweight title Donaire engaged a conditioning coach, Mike Bazzel, to assist Dodie Boy and Jonathan Peñalosa in his training at the Undisputed Boxing Gym, San Carlos. Donaire dedicated his fight against Concepcion to the memory of Corazon "Cory" Aquino and requested Everlast, a boxing equipment company, provide a yellow robe with the inscription "I. M. O. (in memory of) former Pres. Cory Aquino." Concepcion failed to weigh in within the super flyweight limit of 115 pounds (52 kg) and so Donaire won the bout. After his win, Donaire was feted in a motorcade in Manila organised by Alfredo Lim, the mayor.
On February 13, 2010, Donaire fought Manuel "Chango" Vargas to defend for the first time his interim WBA super flyweight title. The fight took place at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada. Vargas, a late replacement for Gerson Guerrero, had to move up three weight divisions in order to participate. The bout headlined the card titled "Pinoy Power 3." Donaire won the fight with a third round (1:33) knockout.
Donaire vs. Marquez
Donaire fought his last bout in the super flyweight division against Hernan "Tyson" Marquez. The fight was the undercard of the Juan Manuel López and Bernabe Concepcion bout on July 10, 2010 at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Donaire had challenged Puerto Rican boxer Eric Morel who declined. Donaire won the match with a technical knockout in the eight round.
Donaire vs. Sidorenko
On December 4, 2010, Donaire challenged former WBA Bantamweight Champion Wladimir Sidorenko for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight title. Donaire knocked down Sidorenko thrice and became the first man to stop Sidorenko.
The win against Sidorenko gave Donaire the chance to face Mexican Fernando Montiel.
Donaire vs. Montiel
On February 19, 2011, Donaire stopped Fernando Montiel in the second round to take the WBC and WBO Bantamweight titles. Donaire took a right to the head from Montiel, then immediately countered with a devastating left to the head that sent Montiel crumpling to the canvas. Montiel rose to continue and Donaire rushed over to land a left and a right before referee Russell Mora stopped the fight after two minutes and 25 seconds of the second round.[Video 1] With the victory, Donaire became the second Filipino and third Asian to become a three-division world champion, a fighter who won world titles in three different weight divisions. Because of his victory over Montiel, Donaire was ranked up in the Ring Magazine pound for pound rankings, in the 3th spot ahead Juan Manuel Marquez and Sergio Martinez his highest Pound for pound rank of his career.
On February 28, 2011, the Philippine Senate formally adopted two Senate Resolutions filed by Senators Pia Cayetano and Manuel Lapid congratulating and commending Donaire for being an outstanding Filipino boxer and for bringing honor and pride to the country.
Donaire vs. Narvaez
On October 22, 2011, Donaire made his New York debut by beating previously undefeated two-division world champion Omar "El Huracán" Narvaez at Madison Square Garden in New York. Donaire dominated the fight against an obviously outmatched Narvaez but did not get the knockout he sought.
After the fight between WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Toshiaki Nishioka and Rafael Márquez, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum stated that he had an agreement for the winner of the Nishioka-Marquez title fight to face Nonito Donaire, who wants to move up to super bantamweight after his WBC and WBO Bantamweight title fight with Omar Andres Narvaez. However, in an interview after Nishioka won, Arum said that the planned Donaire-Nishioka fight will not happen as earlier planned for mid-January and that "probably Nishioka won't fight Donaire until May or June (2012) because he wants to take a rest." Instead, Arum raised the possibility of Donaire fighting WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Jorge Arce.
Donaire vs. Vázquez Jr.
After twelve rounds, scores of 117–110 twice were read in Donaire’s favor as the third judge had a surprising 115–112 for Vázquez Jr. He won via split decision to capture the WBO Super Bantamweight title, even though Donaire connected 60 percent of his power shots, outlanded Vázquez in eleven rounds except for the sixth round and gave him the first knockdown of his professional career in the ninth round.[Video 2] That makes him the second Filipino (only other than Manny Pacquiao) to win championships in four different divisions.
PED Suspicion & Year Round Testing
Donaire has been suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs for training with former BALCO man Victor Conte. Conte has stated that he no longer deals performance-enhancing drugs, but provides nutritional advice to Donaire. In June 2012 Donaire became the first boxer to agree to random, year-round blood and urine testing by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA), setting new standards for boxers.
Donaire vs. Mathebula
The showdown matched Donaire, 28–1 with 18 knockouts, risking the World Boxing Organization crown against International Boxing Federation Champion Mathebula, 26–3 with two draws and 14 knockouts, to unify their World Super Bantamweight titles. The bout was Live on HBO Boxing After Dark on July 7, 2012 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Donaire defeated Mathebula by unanimous decision. Donaire knocked Mathebula down in round four, breaking his jaw in two places.[Video 2]
Donaire vs. Nishioka
This fight took place on October 13, 2012 in Carson, California. The opponent was the Ring No. 1 ranked super bantamweight, Toshiaki Nishioka. Donaire's super bantamweight title was on the line, as well as the vacant The Ring Super Bantamweight title. Donaire relinquished the IBF Super Bantamweight title hours before the fight. Donaire made it official by declining to participate in the IBF's mandated weight check Saturday morning because he decided he would not defend that version of the 122-pound title. After being knocked down twice, Nishioka's corner personnel entered the ring as a request for the referee to end the fight in the ninth round. Donaire was victorious with a Technical Knock Out over the challenger.
Donaire vs. Arce
On December 15, 2012 in Houston, Texas Donaire successfully retained the WBO and The Ring super bantamweight titles against the Mexican Legend Jorge Arce via third round knock out 2:59 into the round. Donaire floored Arce once in the second round, and once in the third round, before the knockout that ended the match.
Donaire vs. Rigondeaux
Donaire fought Guillermo Rigondeaux at the Radio City Music Hall in New York on April 13. The Super WBA and WBO super bantamweight titles were on the line, as well as The Ring junior featherweight title. In this technically sound display, Rigondeaux was able to outbox Donaire and avoid getting hit for most of the fight. In Round 10, Rigondeaux was knocked down once. Donaire lost to Rigondeaux by unanimous decision, ending his 12-year winning streak since his first loss to Rosendo Sanchez.
Donaire vs. Darchinyan II
Fighting on the undercard of Martinez vs Garcia, Donaire fought Vic Darchinyan in non-title fight that was a rematch of their 2007 fight. Donaire started strong, but Darchinyan mounted a comeback in the middle rounds to take the lead on two of the official scorecards. However, in the 9th Donaire was able to drop Darchinyan with a left hook. Although he was able to beat the count, Darchinyan wasn't able to intelligently defend himself from Donaire's subsequent onslaught prompting the referee to stop the bout at 2:06 into the 9th round.
Donaire vs. Vetyeka
Donaire fought South African Simpiwe Vetyeka for the WBA (Super) featherweight title on May 31, 2014 at The Venetian Macao Hotel & Resort's CotaiArena in Macau of the Special administrative regions in China. Donaire dropped Vetyeka in the fourth round after landing his signature left hook. The fight was stopped seconds after the bell for the fifth round rang due to a cut on Donaire's left eye from an accidental headbutt and he won the bout via unanimous technical decision.
Donaire vs. Walters
On October 18, 2014, Donaire made the first defense of his WBA (Super) Featherweight Championship against undefeated Jamaican, WBA (Regular) Featherweight Champion Nicholas Walters. The fight took place in Carson, California, on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs. Marco Antonio Rubio bout. Donaire lost to Walters by TKO in the 6th round.
Return to Super Bantamweight
Donaire vs. Prado
Donaire defeated William Prado in round 2 for the vacant NABF Super Bantamweight title on March 28, 2015 at the Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines. A flurry had Prado dazed at the end of the first round, and Donaire pounced on him at the beginning of the second and the fight was swiftly stopped, Prado's left eye a bloody mess.
Donaire vs. Settoul
Donaire defeated Anthony Settoul in two rounds.
Professional boxing record
|35 Wins (23 knockouts, 12 decisions), 3 Losses (1 knockout, 2 decisions), 0 Draws|
|N/A||N/A||Cesar Juarez||N/A||- (12)||2015-12-11||Roberto Clemente Colesium, San Juan, Puerto Rico||For vacant WBO Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||35-3||Anthony Settoul||TKO||2 (10), 1:41||2015-07-18||The Venetian Macao, Macau, SAR|
|Win||34–3||William Prado||TKO||2 (12), 2:16||2015-03-28||Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila||Won vacant NABF Super Bantamweight title.|
|Loss||33-3||Nicholas Walters||TKO||6 (12)||2014-10-18||StubHub Center, Carson, California||Lost WBA (Super) Featherweight title.|
|Win||33–2||Simpiwe Vetyeka||TD||5 (12)||2014-05-31||The Venetian Macao, Macau, SAR||Won WBA (Super) Featherweight title.|
|Win||32–2||Vic Darchinyan||TKO||9 (10), 2:06||2013-11-09||American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas|
|Loss||31–2||Guillermo Rigondeaux||UD||12||2013-04-13||Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York||Lost WBO & The Ring Super Bantamweight titles.
For WBA (Super) Super Bantamweight title.
|Win||31–1||Jorge Arce||KO||3 (12), 2:59||2012-12-15||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas||Retained WBO & The Ring Super Bantamweight titles.|
|Win||30–1||Toshiaki Nishioka||TKO||9 (12), 1:54||2012-10-13||The Home Depot Center, Carson, California||Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Won vacant The Ring Super Bantamweight title.
|Win||29–1||Jeffrey Mathebula||UD||12||2012-07-07||The Home Depot Center, Carson, California||Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Won IBF Super Bantamweight title.
|Win||28–1||Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr.||SD||12||2012-02-04||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas||Won vacant WBO Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||27–1||Omar Andres Narvaez||UD||12||2011-10-22||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Retained WBC & WBO Bantamweight titles.|
|Win||26–1||Fernando Montiel||TKO||2 (12), 2:25||2011-02-19||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won WBC & WBO Bantamweight titles.|
|Win||25–1||Wladimir Sidorenko||KO||4 (12), 1:48||2010-12-04||Honda Center, Anaheim, California||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight title.|
|Win||24–1||Hernan Marquez||TKO||8 (12), 2:59||2010-07-10||José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, San Juan||Retained Interim WBA Super Flyweight title.|
|Win||23–1||Manuel Vargas||KO||3 (12), 1:33||2010-02-13||Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained Interim WBA Super Flyweight title.|
|Win||22–1||Rafael Concepcion||UD||12||2009-08-15||Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won vacant Interim WBA Super Flyweight title.|
|Win||21–1||Raúl Martínez||TKO||4 (12), 2:42||2009-04-19||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila||Retained IBF & IBO Flyweight titles.|
|Win||20–1||Moruti Mthalane||TKO||6 (12), 1:31||2008-11-01||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained IBF & IBO Flyweight titles.|
|Win||19–1||Luis Maldonado||TKO||8 (12), 1:16||2007-12-01||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut||Retained IBF & IBO Flyweight titles.|
|Win||18–1||Vic Darchinyan||TKO||5 (12), 1:38||2007-07-07||Harbour Yard Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut||Won IBF & IBO Flyweight titles.|
|Win||17–1||Kevin Hudgins||TKO||1 (8), 2:29||2007-05-12||Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada|
|Win||16–1||Oscar Andrade||UD||12||2006-10-07||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained NABF Super Flyweight title.|
|Win||15–1||Jose Luis Cardenas||TKO||2 (8), 1:48||2006-07-29||Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California|
|Win||14–1||Kahren Harutyunyan||SD||10||2006-01-20||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California||Won NABF Super Flyweight title.|
|Win||13–1||Ilido Julio||UD||8||2005-11-05||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada|
|Win||12–1||Daniel Gonzalez||KO||1 (8), 2:19||2005-10-01||Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada|
|Win||11–1||Larry Olvera||UD||6||2005-07-02||Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada|
|Win||10–1||Paulino Villalobos||TKO||6 (8), 3:00||2005-05-13||Civic Arena, San Jose, California|
|Win||9–1||Gilberto Bolanos||UD||8||2004-11-12||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California|
|Win||8–1||Ricardo Barreras||TKO||4 (6), 3:00||2004-06-18||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California|
|Win||7–1||Jorge Lopez||TKO||1 (6), 1:43||2003-06-27||Mare Island Sports Center, Vallejo, California|
|Win||6–1||Mark Sales||UD||8||2002-11-02||Joe Cantada Boxing Arena, Taguig City, Metropolitan Manila|
|Win||5–1||Kaichon Sor Vorapin||KO||2 (12)||2002-09-01||University of Guam, Agana||Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title.|
|Win||4–1||Noel Alma||TKO||2 (4)||2002-05-31||Elorde Sports Complex, Parañaque City, Metropolitan Manila|
|Win||3–1||Jose Luis Torres||TKO||1 (4), 0:30||2001-07-03||Hyatt Regency Hotel, Monterey, California|
|Win||2–1||Saul Santoyo||UD||4||2001-06-08||Hollywood Park Racetrack, Inglewood, California|
|Loss||1–1||Rosendo Sanchez||UD||5||2001-03-10||Pacific Sports Center, Vallejo, California|
|Win||1–0||John Lloyd Espina||KO||1 (4), 1:46||2001-02-22||Hollywood Park Racetrack, Inglewood, California||Professional debut.|
Donaire is married to Rachel Marcial, a Filipino-American USA National Collegiate and Military Taekwondo Champion. They were married on August 8, 2008 in a private ceremony in Carmel, California, with all their close relatives. Subsequently, they had a church wedding in the Philippines on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11). Donaire's wife is a pivotal member of his team, with her father acting as his chief security. His parents-in-law, Gerry and Rebecca Marcial, are the leading members of his support group.
During his early career, he hated boxing. Due to excessive pressure, he had not only never enjoyed boxing, but had even dreaded it every day. Nevertheless, he did stick with it because he did not want to disappoint his father. Currently, he always fights for such people who support him and believe in him, and finally for himself, so he loves and enjoys boxing.
On July 4, 2013, his pregnant wife saved a child from drowning and was injured in the process. She was brought to a hospital, and the unborn baby in her womb was unharmed.
His cousin, Richard Donaire, is also a professional boxer.
Titles in boxing
- 1998 National Silver Gloves Champion
- 1999 National Jr. Olympics Champion
- 2000 National USA Tournament Champion
- 1999 International Jr. Olympics Champion
Major World Titles:
- IBF Flyweight Champion (112 lbs)
- Interim WBA Super Flyweight Champion (115 lbs)
- WBO Bantamweight Champion (118 lbs)
- WBC Bantamweight Champion (118 lbs)
- WBO Super Bantamweight Champion (122 lbs)
- IBF Super Bantamweight Champion (122 lbs)
- WBA (Super) Featherweight Champion (126 lbs)
Minor World Titles:
- WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight Champion (112 lbs)
- NABF Super Flyweight Champion (115 lbs)
- WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight Champion (118 lbs)
- NABF Super Bantamweight Champion (122 lbs)
- WBC Diamond Super Bantamweight Champion (122 lbs)
- 2013 Flash Elorde Memorial Belt Champion (122 lbs)
- WBA Undisputed Featherweight Champion (126 lbs)
- 2007, 2011 and 2012 Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Sportsman of the Year
- 2007 The Ring Knockout of the Year (in Round 5 against Vic Darchinyan)
- 2007 The Ring Upset of the Year (5th Round Knockout against Vic Darchinyan)
- 2007 World Boxing Hall of Fame Most Outstanding Boxer of the Year
- 2009, 2010 & 2011 Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial Boxer of the Year
- 2009 Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Philippines Celebrity Boxer Inductee
- 2011 The Ring Knockout of the Year (in Round 2 against Fernando Montiel)
- 2011 Sports Illustrated Knockout of the Year
- 2011 ESPN Knockout of the Year
- 2012 Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year
- 2012 ESPN Fighter of the Year
- 2012 The Ring Fighter of the Year
- 2012 Sports Illustrated Fighter of the Year
- 2012 Yahoo! Sports Fighter of the Year
In popular culture
|2012||Palad Ta ang Nagbuot||Dodong Valderama|
|Year||Television Shows||Role||Other Notes|
|2009||Celebrity Duets: Philippine Edition||Himself – Contesteant|
|2011||Round 2... For Keeps||Himself||Wedding telecast|
|2012||Sarah G. Live||Himself – Guest||Episode dated January 6|
|2012||Life in The Flash Lane||Himself||TV Documentary|
|2012||Gandang Gabi Vice||Himself – Guest||Episode dated August 5|
|2012||Bandila||Himself – Guest||Episode dated December 21|
|2014||Aquino & Abunda Tonight||Himself – Guest||Episode dated March 28|
|2014||The Bottomline with Boy Abunda||Himself – Guest||Episode dated April 5|
|2014||Kris TV||Himself – Guest||Episode dated April 7–8|
|2014||Donaire: Flash and Fire||Himself||TV Documentary|
|2015||Fighter's Cut: Nonito Donaire Jr.||Himself||TV Documentary / Interview|
|Year||Video Game||Role||Other Notes|
|2009||Fight Night Round 4||Himself||Playable fighter|
|2011||Fight Night Champion||Himself||Playable fighter|
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