Nonito Donaire

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Nonito Donaire
Nonito Donaire 2011.jpg
Donaire with the WBO and WBC bantamweight title belts at a public workout at Gleason's Gym, October 2011
Real name Nonito Donaire, Jr.
Nickname(s) The Filipino Flash
Rated at Flyweight
Super flyweight
Super bantamweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Reach 68 in (173 cm)
Nationality Filipino
Born (1982-11-16) November 16, 1982 (age 33)
Talibon, Bohol, Philippines
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 38
Wins 35
Wins by KO 23
Losses 3

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.[1][2] 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.

Early life[edit]

Donaire was born in Talibon, Bohol, Philippines the third of four children to Filipino parents. His brother is Glenn Donaire, a flyweight boxer.[3] [4]

Until he was six, Donaire lived in General Santos City, South Cotabato[4] and attended the same school as the eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao.[5]

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.[6] In 1993, at the age of eleven, Donaire joined his father in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California. They later lived in San Leandro, California.[3][7] and San Mateo County, California.[8]

Donaire was a child of small stature who was bullied.[7][9][10][11]

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.[4] 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.[12][11] 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."[12] However, Donaire had little confidence until he had five professional knockout victories.[11]

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.[5] While enrolled at the San Lorenzo High School in San Lorenzo, California Donaire and his brother won several regional and district amateur boxing championships.[3]

Amateur career[edit]

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).[13]

Professional career[edit]

Nonito Donaire Jr. during his media work-out.

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.[4] 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.[3]

Early years as professional boxer[edit]

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.[14] On October 7, 2006, Donaire defeated Oscar Andrade, a veteran boxer, by 118–109, 116–112, and 116–112.


Donaire vs. Darchinyan I[edit]

Donaire with his IBF and IBO flyweight belts in 2007

On July 7, 2007, Donaire won the IBF flyweight title with a one-punch, fifth round knockout of the then undefeated Vic Darchinyan.[15] This victory was awarded Ring Magazine's "Knockout of the Year" and "Upset of the Year".[16][17]

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."[18] 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."[19]

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.[20] Days after leaving Gary Shaw Productions, Donaire made a contract with Top Rank Boxing.[21]

On November 2, 2008, Donaire made the defense of his IBF flyweight title through a sixth round (1:31) technical knockout of Moruti Mthalane.[22][23][24] 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.[8][25] 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.[4]

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).[26] 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.[27]

Super flyweight[edit]

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.[28]

Donaire vs. Concepción[edit]

Donaire was to fight Hugo Fidel Cazares on August 15, 2009 but negotiations failed.[29] Rafael Concepción of Panama replaced Cazares as Donaire's opponent for the Interim WBA super flyweight title[30] 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."[8] 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.

In late 2009, Donaire began training under Roberto García Cortez.[31][32]

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.[33]

After the fight, Donaire planned to move to the bantamweight division and expressed his wish to fight Vic Darchinyan and Fernando Montielbut neither bout took place.[34][35][36][37]

Donaire vs. Marquez[edit]

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.[38] Donaire had challenged Puerto Rican boxer Eric Morel who declined.[39] Donaire won the match with a technical knockout in the eight round.[2][40]


Following his win against Marquez, Donaire stated his intention to compete in the bantamweight division (118 pounds) to challenge WBO and WBC Champion Fernando Montiel.[41][42]

Donaire vs. Sidorenko[edit]

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.[43]

The win against Sidorenko gave Donaire the chance to face Mexican Fernando Montiel.

Donaire vs. Montiel[edit]

On February 19, 2011, Donaire stopped Fernando Montiel in the second round to take the WBC and WBO Bantamweight titles.[44] 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.[45][46] 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.[47]

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.[48]

Donaire vs. Narvaez[edit]

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.

Super Bantamweight[edit]

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.[49]

Donaire vs. Vázquez Jr.[edit]

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[50] 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[edit]

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.[51]

Donaire vs. Mathebula[edit]

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[edit]

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.[52] 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 fights have been broadcast on HBO since 2011. He reportedly earned 800 thousand dollars from Nishioka fight, his biggest purse ever.[53][* 1]

Donaire vs. Arce[edit]

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.[55]

Donaire vs. Rigondeaux[edit]

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.[56][57]


Donaire vs. Darchinyan II[edit]

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.[58][59]

Donaire vs. Vetyeka[edit]

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.[60][61] 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.[62]

Donaire vs. Walters[edit]

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[edit]

Donaire vs. Prado[edit]

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[edit]

Donaire defeated Anthony Settoul in two rounds.[63]

Professional boxing record[edit]

35 Wins (23 knockouts, 12 decisions), 3 Losses (1 knockout, 2 decisions), 0 Draws[64]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
N/A N/A Mexico Cesar Juarez N/A - (12) 2015-12-11 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Colesium, San Juan, Puerto Rico For vacant WBO Super Bantamweight title.[65]
Win 35-3 France Anthony Settoul TKO 2 (10), 1:41 2015-07-18 Macau The Venetian Macao, Macau, SAR
Win 34–3 Brazil William Prado TKO 2 (12), 2:16 2015-03-28 Philippines Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila Won vacant NABF Super Bantamweight title.
Loss 33-3 Jamaica Nicholas Walters TKO 6 (12) 2014-10-18 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California Lost WBA (Super) Featherweight title.
Win 33–2 South Africa Simpiwe Vetyeka TD 5 (12) 2014-05-31 Macau The Venetian Macao, Macau, SAR Won WBA (Super) Featherweight title.
Win 32–2 Armenia Vic Darchinyan TKO 9 (10), 2:06 2013-11-09 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Loss 31–2 Cuba Guillermo Rigondeaux UD 12 2013-04-13 United States Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York Lost WBO & The Ring Super Bantamweight titles.
For WBA (Super) Super Bantamweight title.
Win 31–1 Mexico Jorge Arce KO 3 (12), 2:59 2012-12-15 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Retained WBO & The Ring Super Bantamweight titles.
Win 30–1 Japan Toshiaki Nishioka TKO 9 (12), 1:54 2012-10-13 United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, California Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Won vacant The Ring Super Bantamweight title.
Win 29–1 South Africa Jeffrey Mathebula UD 12 2012-07-07 United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, California Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Won IBF Super Bantamweight title.
Win 28–1 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr. SD 12 2012-02-04 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Won vacant WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 27–1 Argentina Omar Andres Narvaez UD 12 2011-10-22 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained WBC & WBO Bantamweight titles.
Win 26–1 Mexico Fernando Montiel TKO 2 (12), 2:25 2011-02-19 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC & WBO Bantamweight titles.
Win 25–1 Ukraine Wladimir Sidorenko KO 4 (12), 1:48 2010-12-04 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California Won vacant WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight title.
Win 24–1 Mexico Hernan Marquez TKO 8 (12), 2:59 2010-07-10 Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, San Juan Retained Interim WBA Super Flyweight title.
Win 23–1 Mexico Manuel Vargas KO 3 (12), 1:33 2010-02-13 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained Interim WBA Super Flyweight title.
Win 22–1 Panama Rafael Concepcion UD 12 2009-08-15 United States Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant Interim WBA Super Flyweight title.
Win 21–1 United States Raúl Martínez TKO 4 (12), 2:42 2009-04-19 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila Retained IBF & IBO Flyweight titles.
Win 20–1 South Africa Moruti Mthalane TKO 6 (12), 1:31 2008-11-01 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained IBF & IBO Flyweight titles.
Win 19–1 Mexico Luis Maldonado TKO 8 (12), 1:16 2007-12-01 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut Retained IBF & IBO Flyweight titles.
Win 18–1 Armenia Vic Darchinyan TKO 5 (12), 1:38 2007-07-07 United States Harbour Yard Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut Won IBF & IBO Flyweight titles.
Win 17–1 United States Kevin Hudgins TKO 1 (8), 2:29 2007-05-12 United States Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada
Win 16–1 Mexico Oscar Andrade UD 12 2006-10-07 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained NABF Super Flyweight title.
Win 15–1 Mexico Jose Luis Cardenas TKO 2 (8), 1:48 2006-07-29 United States Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California
Win 14–1 Armenia Kahren Harutyunyan SD 10 2006-01-20 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California Won NABF Super Flyweight title.
Win 13–1 Colombia Ilido Julio UD 8 2005-11-05 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada
Win 12–1 Mexico Daniel Gonzalez KO 1 (8), 2:19 2005-10-01 United States Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada
Win 11–1 United States Larry Olvera UD 6 2005-07-02 United States Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada
Win 10–1 Mexico Paulino Villalobos TKO 6 (8), 3:00 2005-05-13 United States Civic Arena, San Jose, California
Win 9–1 Mexico Gilberto Bolanos UD 8 2004-11-12 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California
Win 8–1 Mexico Ricardo Barreras TKO 4 (6), 3:00 2004-06-18 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California
Win 7–1 Mexico Jorge Lopez TKO 1 (6), 1:43 2003-06-27 United States Mare Island Sports Center, Vallejo, California
Win 6–1 Philippines Mark Sales UD 8 2002-11-02 Philippines Joe Cantada Boxing Arena, Taguig City, Metropolitan Manila
Win 5–1 Thailand Kaichon Sor Vorapin KO 2 (12) 2002-09-01 Guam University of Guam, Agana Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title.
Win 4–1 Philippines Noel Alma TKO 2 (4) 2002-05-31 Philippines Elorde Sports Complex, Parañaque City, Metropolitan Manila
Win 3–1 Mexico Jose Luis Torres TKO 1 (4), 0:30 2001-07-03 United States Hyatt Regency Hotel, Monterey, California
Win 2–1 United States Saul Santoyo UD 4 2001-06-08 United States Hollywood Park Racetrack, Inglewood, California
Loss 1–1 United States Rosendo Sanchez UD 5 2001-03-10 United States Pacific Sports Center, Vallejo, California
Win 1–0 Mexico John Lloyd Espina KO 1 (4), 1:46 2001-02-22 United States Hollywood Park Racetrack, Inglewood, California Professional debut.

Personal life[edit]

Donaire is married to Rachel Marcial, a Filipino-American USA National Collegiate and Military Taekwondo Champion.[66][67] They were married on August 8, 2008 in a private ceremony in Carmel, California, with all their close relatives.[68] Subsequently, they had a church wedding in the Philippines on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11).[7] Donaire's wife is a pivotal member of his team,[10][54] with her father acting as his chief security.[7] His parents-in-law, Gerry and Rebecca Marcial, are the leading members of his support group.[7]

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.[4][11][12][69] 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.[4][12]

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.[70]

His cousin, Richard Donaire, is also a professional boxer.[71]

Titles in boxing[edit]

Amateur career[edit]


  • 1998 National Silver Gloves Champion
  • 1999 National Jr. Olympics Champion
  • 2000 National USA Tournament Champion


  • 1999 International Jr. Olympics Champion

Professional career[edit]

Major World Titles:

Minor World Titles:

The Ring/Lineal Championship Title:

Regional/International Titles:

Special Titles:


In popular culture[edit]

Donaire had TV guest appearances and joined the third season of Celebrity Duets episodes on GMA.[3]

Donaire is also featured in the videogame Fight Night Round 4 and Fight Night Champion alongside Manny Pacquiao.


Year Film Role Other Notes
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
Video Games
Year Video Game Role Other Notes
2009 Fight Night Round 4 Himself Playable fighter
2011 Fight Night Champion Himself Playable fighter

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As of early 2011, as Donaire's income margin did not exceed a certain range without a pay-per-view contract with HBO,[7][53] he was yet to become a millionaire.[54]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Vic Darchinyan
IBF Flyweight Champion
July 7, 2007 – July 1, 2009
Title next held by
Moruti Mthalane
IBO Flyweight Champion
July 7, 2007 – July 1, 2009
Title next held by
César Seda
Title last held by
Jorge Arce
WBA Super Flyweight Interim Champion
August 15, 2009 – October 15, 2010
Title next held by
Drian Francisco
Preceded by
Fernando Montiel
WBC Bantamweight Champion
February 19, 2011 – October 22, 2011
Title next held by
Shinsuke Yamanaka
WBO Bantamweight Champion
February 19, 2011 – October 22, 2011
Title next held by
Jorge Arce
Title last held by
Jorge Arce
WBO Super Bantamweight Champion
February 4, 2012 – April 13, 2013
Succeeded by
Guillermo Rigondeaux
Title last held by
Israel Vázquez
The Ring Super Bantamweight Champion
October 13, 2012 – April 13, 2013
Preceded by
Jeffrey Mathebula
IBF Junior Featherweight Champion
July 7, 2012 – October 13, 2012
Title next held by
Jonathan Romero
Preceded by
Simpiwe Vetyeka
WBA Featherweight Undisputed Champion
May 31, 2014 – November 18, 2014
Succeeded by
Nicholas Walters
Carlos Baldomir W 12 Zab Judah
The Ring Magazine Upset of the Year
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Bernard Hopkins W 12 Kelly Pavlik
Calvin Brock KO 6 Zuri Lawrence
The Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year
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Edison Miranda KO 3 David Banks
Sergio Martínez KO 2 Paul Williams
The Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year
KO2 Fernando Montiel

Juan Manuel Marquez
KO 6 Manny Pacquiao
Preceded by
Andre Ward
BWAA Fighter of the Year
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather, Jr