|Real name||Nonito Gonzales Donaire Jr.|
|Nickname(s)||The Filipino Flash|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
|Born||November 16, 1982|
Talibon, Bohol, Philippines
|Wins by KO||28|
Nonito Gonzales Donaire Jr. //; Tagalog: [noˈnito gonˈsalɛs doˈnaɪre]; born November 16, 1982) is a Filipino professional boxer. He has held multiple world championships in four weight classes from flyweight to featherweight, including the WBC bantamweight title since May 2021. In addition to being the oldest boxer in history to become a bantamweight world champion, Donaire holds the distinction of being the first three-time champion in that weight class. He has also held world championships across three consecutive decades: the 2000s, 2010s and 2020s, being the sixth boxer to do so after Evander Holyfield, Manny Pacquiao, Bernard Hopkins, Érik Morales, and Floyd Mayweather Jr.(
In total, Donaire has held nine world titles by the main four boxing sanctioning bodies, as well as the IBO flyweight title, the WBA interim super flyweight title, and the Ring magazine and lineal super bantamweight titles. As of June 2021, Donaire is ranked as the world's second best active bantamweight by The Ring, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, BoxRec, and ESPN.
Donaire is popularly known as "The Filipino Flash" due to his fast hand speed and punching power, and is a two-time winner of The Ring's Knockout of the Year award, in 2007 and 2011. He reached a peak pound for pound ranking of third by The Ring in 2011, and was named Fighter of the Year in 2012 by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Donaire is one of a select few Asian boxers to win world titles in at least four weight classes, along with fellow Filipinos Manny Pacquiao and Donnie Nietes.
Donaire was born in Talibon, Bohol, Philippines, the third of four children to Nonito C. Donaire, Sr. (born 1959, South Cotabato) and Imelda M. Gonzales (born 1950, Talibon). His older brother is former boxer Glenn Donaire, and his cousin is former boxer Richard Donaire.
Until he was six years of age, Donaire lived in General Santos City, South Cotabato and attended the same school as future eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao. Donaire was a child of small stature and was bullied.
Donaire's father was an amateur boxer who competed in the U.S. in the early 1990s. His paternal grandfather was born in Hawaii, and this gave Donaire American citizenship under the principle of jus Sanguinis. In 1993, at the age of eleven, Donaire joined his father in Van Nuys, California. They later lived in San Leandro, California. and San Mateo County, California.
Donaire said that during his childhood he wished for more attention from his parents and, after his brother started boxing, the attention was given to him. This was his reason for entering the sport of boxing at the age of eleven even though he did not enjoy it. His father supported his choice as he felt it would keep Donaire off the streets. During their younger years, Donaire and Glenn would spar. Donaire also watched videos of his hero, Alexis Argüello, and from them he learned to throw a powerful left hook.
While enrolled at the San Lorenzo High School in San Lorenzo, California, both Nonito and Glenn won several regional and district amateur boxing championships. In his first amateur bout, Nonito 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.
As a young amateur, Donaire won three U.S. 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.
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 via split decision (SD) on ShoBox. Two judges scored the bout 97–92 for Donaire while the third scored it 95–94 for Harutyunan. On October 7, 2006, Donaire defeated Oscar Andrade, a veteran boxer, by unanimous decision (UD) with the scorecards reading 118–109, 116–112, and 116–112.
Donaire vs. Darchinyan
On July 7, 2007, Donaire won the IBF and IBO flyweight titles with a one-punch, fifth-round knockout (KO) 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 and IBO titles against Luis Maldonado of Mexico, winning via technical knockout (TKO) 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 signed a contract with Top Rank Boxing.
Donaire vs. Mthalane
On November 2, 2008, Donaire made the second defense of his titles with a sixth-round (1:31) TKO of Moruti Mthalane. 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 Raul Martinez, for a third defense of his titles 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 super flyweight division.
Donaire vs. Concepción
Donaire was to fight Hugo Fidel Cazares on August 15, 2009, but negotiations failed. Rafael Concepción replaced Cazares as Donaire's opponent for the WBA interim super flyweight title Donaire hired 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), meaning the title would only be on the line for Donaire. He captured the title via twelve-round UD. After his win, Donaire was honored in a motorcade in Manila organised by Alfredo Lim, the mayor.
Donaire vs. Vargas
On February 13, 2010, Donaire fought Manuel Vargas in the first defense of his WBA interim 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) KO.
Donaire vs. Márquez
Donaire fought his last bout in the super flyweight division against Hernán Márquez. The fight was on 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 Eric Morel who declined. Donaire won the match with a TKO in the eighth round.
Donaire vs. Sydorenko
On December 4, 2010, Donaire challenged the former WBA bantamweight champion, Volodymyr Sydorenko for the vacant WBC Continental Americas bantamweight title. Donaire knocked down Sydorenko three times and became the first man to defeat the boxer. The win against Sydorenko gave Donaire the chance to face Montiel.
Donaire vs. Montiel
On February 19, 2011, Donaire defeated Montiel in the second round to capture the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles. Donaire took a right to the head from Montiel, then immediately countered with a left to the head that knocked his opponent down. Montiel rose to continue before Donaire rushed over to land a left and a right. The referee, Russell Mora, stopped the fight at 2:25 of the second round.[Video 1] He was given a third place in Ring Magazine's "pound for pound" rankings. Juan Manuel Marquez and Sergio Martínez were ahead of him.
On February 28, 2011, resolutions moved by Pia Cayetano and Manuel Lapid were passed by the senate of the Philippines that Donaire be congratulated and commended for being an outstanding Filipino boxer and for bringing honor and pride to the country.
Donaire vs. Narváez
Donaire vs. Vázquez Jr.
In 2012, Donaire fought Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. After twelve rounds, Donaire had scores of 117–110 and 117-110. Surprisingly, the third judge scored 115–112 in favour of Vázquez Jr. Donaire landed sixty percent of his power shots and out-landed Vázquez Jr in rounds one to five and seven to twelve and was awarded the WBO super bantamweight title. In the ninth round, Vázquez Jr. was knocked down for the first time in his professional career.[Video 2] Donaire became the second Filipino (after Manny Pacquiao) to win championships in four weight divisions.
Donaire vs. Mathebula
On July 7, 2012, Donaire fought in a unification bout against IBF super bantamweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula. Donaire's progress of 28–1 with 18 knockouts was matched with Mathebula's of 26–3 with two draws and 14 knockouts. It was possible the two boxers' super bantamweight world titles would be unified. The bout was televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark from the Home Depot centre in Carson, California. Donaire defeated Mathebula by UD, knocking him down in round four and breaking his jaw in two places.[Video 2]
Donaire vs. Nishioka
On October 13, 2012, in Carson, California, Donaire fought Toshiaki Nishioka who had been ranked first in his division by Ring magazine. Donaire officially relinquished the IBF super bantamweight title hours before the fight by declining to participate in the IBF's mandated weight check. When, by the ninth round, Nishioka had been knocked down twice, his cornerman asked the referee to end the fight, handing Donaire a TKO victory to retain his WBO title and capture the vacant Ring magazine super bantamweight title. The purse from this bout and his contract with HBO earned Donaire 800,000 dollars.
Donaire vs. Arce
Donaire vs. Rigondeaux
On April 13, 2013, Donaire fought WBA (Super) champion Guillermo Rigondeaux at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Donaire knocked Rigondeaux down once in the tenth round en route to a UD defeat, losing his WBO and Ring titles and ending his twelve year winning streak.
Donaire vs. Darchinyan II
In November 2013, Donaire fought Vic Darchinyan in non-title fight that was a rematch of their 2007 fight. The bout was on the undercard of a Mikey Garcia vs. Román Martínez. 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 ninth round, 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, prompting the referee to stop the fight (2:06).
Donaire vs. Vetyeka
On May 31, 2014, Donaire fought Simpiwe Vetyeka for the WBA (Super) featherweight title at The Venetian Macao Hotel & Resort's CotaiArena in Macau. Donaire knocked down Vetyeka in the fourth round after landing his signature left hook. The fight was stopped seconds after the bell for the fifth round due to a cut on Donaire's left eye from an accidental head butt. Donaire won the bout via unanimous technical decision (TD).
Donaire vs. Walters
On October 18, 2014, Donaire made the first defense of his WBA (Super) title against undefeated WBA (Regular) champion Nicholas Walters. The fight took place in Carson, California, on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs. Marco Antonio Rubio bout. Donaire rocked Walters heavily early on, but other than that had little success and was dropped twice before the referee stopped the fight. It was the first knockout loss of Donaire's career.
Return to super bantamweight
On March 28, 2015, Donaire returned to the super bantamweight division and defeated William Prado in two rounds to secure the vacant NABF super bantamweight title at the Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines. A flurried attack had Prado dazed at the end of the first round. Donaire continued his attack at the beginning of the second round and the fight was stopped. On July 18, 2015, Donaire also defeated Anthony Settoul in two rounds via stoppage at The Venetian Macao in Macau.
Donaire vs. Juarez
On December 11, 2015, Donaire reclaimed the vacant WBO super bantamweight title, defeating Cesar Juarez by UD. The fight was controlled by Donaire early on, dropping the Mexican brawler twice, but Juarez showed good punch resistance to keep going. Donaire began to slow down due to fatigue and an ankle injury, as Juarez picked up the pressure. The latter rounds were much closer as the fight turned into a slugfest and a 'fight of the year' candidate, it ended with both fighters exhausted and swinging wildly at the final bell. Donaire defended the WBO title successfully against Zsolt Bedak via third-round TKO in Cebu City, Philippines on April 23, 2016.
Donaire vs. Magdaleno
Donaire lost to Jessie Magdaleno as the co-main event on Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas PPV bout on November 5, 2016. This marked the first time Donaire and Pacquiao, the two biggest boxing stars to come out of the Philippines, have ever shared the same card.
Return to featherweight
On March 8, 2017, Top Rank and Donaire agreed to end their partnership after an eight-year run with only about a month remaining in the contract. On July 25, 2017, Donaire signed with Richard Schaefer's Ringstar Sports.
Donaire vs. Frampton
In December 2017, Donaire came up as a potential opponent for Carl Frampton after the announcement from promoter Frank Warren. Negotiations began on December 19, 2017, between Donaire's promoter, Ringstar Sports, and Warren. On December 21, 2017, the fight was officially announced for April 21, 2018, at the SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland by Warren via the BoxNation Facebook page.
Frampton put on a defensive performance and beat Donaire via UD, becoming the WBO interim featherweight champion. All three judges scored the fight 117–111 for Frampton. Frampton fought well to get a strong lead and after round six started to fight on the backfoot. In the later rounds, Donaire had more success, hurting Frampton on a number of occasions, landing a hard left hook in round eleven. Donaire was cut over his right after an accidental clash of heads in round seven, with the referee failing to call a time-out. After the fight, Frampton said on live television, "I didn't have to get involved in a fight there, as you saw in the last round Nonito Donaire is a dangerous motherfucker. I survived the round and stuck to my game plan. The only thing on my mind is Windsor Park and I can't wait to get there." According to CompuBox Stats, Frampton landed 164 of 557 punches thrown (29.4%) and Donaire landed 104 of his 447 thrown (23.3%).
Return to bantamweight
World Boxing Super Series
Donaire vs. Burnett
The draft gala for the WBSS took place in Moscow on July 20, 2018. Donaire was chosen by top-seeded Ryan Burnett as his opponent in the quarter finals. On September 7, 2018, the WBSS announced a doubleheader would take place at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on November 3, 2018. The card would see Burnett vs. Donaire as well as the quarter final fight from the super-lightweight tournament which would see Josh Taylor go up against Ryan Martin.
Burnett looked to have taken the first two rounds as Donaire reset on the third and began to box smarter. During the third round, Burnett received a counter left-hook to the body and felt the after effects. During the fourth round, Burnett reached for his lower back after throwing a combination of punches, an exchange which was counted as a knock down for Donaire. Burnett survived the round but failed to answer the bell for round five. Donaire showed respect to Burnett by going straight to Burnett's corner to give him some words of encouragement instead of celebrating. Donaire captured the WBA (Super) bantamweight title and moved on to the semifinals of the WBSS to face WBO champion Zolani Tete.
Donaire vs. Young
On April 27, 2019, Nonito Donaire faced #5-ranked WBA contender Stephon Young, a last-minute replacement for Tete, who had to withdraw from the bout out due to a shoulder injury. The fight was held at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana, and the winner was set to face either WBA (Regular) bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue or IBF bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodríguez.
Donaire made use of his jab to outbox Young in the succeeding rounds and put a final stamp in the sixth round with a counter-left hook that landed flush on Young's jaw, immediately knocking him out.
Donaire vs. Inoue
On November 8, 2019, Donaire faced Naoya Inoue for the WBSS final in Japan. Donaire lost his title and the bout by UD. During the second round, Donaire opened a cut above Inoue's right eye after landing a left hook. It was the first time Inoue suffered a cut in his career. In the eleventh round, Donaire was knocked down after absorbing a body shot. The bout was scored 117–109, 116–111, and 114-113 in favor of Inoue.After the fight, Donaire and Inoue showed each other mutual respect, with Inoue lauding Donaire as "a true champion." The fight was later voted the Ring magazine Fight of the Year.
Cancelled fight with Rodríguez
Donaire was scheduled to face Emmanuel Rodríguez for the WBC bantamweight title on December 19, 2020, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Montville, Connecticut. On December 10 it was reported that Donaire tested positive for COVID-19, forcing him to withdraw from the bout. He was originally scheduled to face Nordine Oubaali, who was replaced by Rodríguez after Oubaali also tested positive for COVID-19. Reymart Gaballo, who was also scheduled to fight on the same day against Jose Velasquez of Chile, substituted for Donaire and will fight Rodríguez for the WBC interim title.
Donaire vs. Oubaali
On May 29, 2021, Donaire faced Nordine Oubaali for the WBC bantamweight title at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Donaire scored a knockdown twice in the third round before finishing the bout in the fourth round with a hook-straight-uppercut combination. The referee waived off the count awarding Donaire with the win and making him the oldest fighter to win a world championship in the bantamweight division at the age of 38.
Cancelled fight with John Riel Casimero
On June 19, 2021, it was announced that Donaire would replace Guillermo Rigondeaux to face WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero on August 14 in a unification bout. However, on June 30, Donaire announced that he would be pulling out of the fight, citing concerns over VADA testing.
Donaire vs. Inoue II
After a successful 1st title defense after knocking out Reymart Gaballo, Donaire is scheduled to defend his WBC bantamweight title in a unification bout with WBA and IBF bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue in a rematch on June, 7th 2022 at the Super Arena, In Saitama, Japan. It will be broadcast on ESPN+
On August 8, 2008, Donaire married Rachel Marcial, a Filipino-American USA national collegiate and military Taekwondo champion in a private ceremony at Carmel, California followed by a church service in the Philippines on November 11, 2011. They have two sons named Jarel Michael and Jarel Logan.
Donaire's wife is a member of his team and her father is his chief of security. On July 4, 2013, Donaire's pregnant wife was injured while saving a drowning child. She recovered and her then-unborn second child, Logan, was unharmed.
Professional boxing record
|48 fights||42 wins||6 losses|
|49||N/A||N/A||Naoya Inoue||N/A||– (12)||Jun 7, 2022||39 years, 203 days||Super Arena, Saitama, Japan||Defending WBC bantamweight title;|
For WBA (Super), IBF and The Ring bantamweight titles
|48||Win||42–6||Reymart Gaballo||KO||4 (12), 2:59||Dec 11, 2021||39 years, 25 days||Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, U.S.||Retained WBC bantamweight title|
|47||Win||41–6||Nordine Oubaali||KO||4 (12), 1:52||May 29, 2021||38 years, 194 days||Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, U.S.||Won WBC bantamweight title|
|46||Loss||40–6||Naoya Inoue||UD||12||Nov 7, 2019||36 years, 356 days||Super Arena, Saitama, Japan||Lost WBA (Super) bantamweight title;|
For IBF and The Ring bantamweight titles;
World Boxing Super Series: bantamweight final
|45||Win||40–5||Stephon Young||KO||6 (12), 2:37||Apr 27, 2019||36 years, 162 days||Cajundome, Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.||Retained WBA (Super) bantamweight title;|
World Boxing Super Series: bantamweight semi-final
|44||Win||39–5||Ryan Burnett||RTD||4 (12), 3:00||Nov 3, 2018||35 years, 352 days||The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland||Won WBA (Super) bantamweight title|
World Boxing Super Series: bantamweight quarter-final
|43||Loss||38–5||Carl Frampton||UD||12||Apr 21, 2018||35 years, 156 days||SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland||For vacant WBO interim featherweight title|
|42||Win||38–4||Ruben Garcia Hernandez||UD||10||Sep 23, 2017||34 years, 311 days||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Silver featherweight title|
|41||Loss||37–4||Jessie Magdaleno||UD||12||Nov 5, 2016||33 years, 355 days||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Lost WBO super bantamweight title|
|40||Win||37–3||Zsolt Bedák||TKO||3 (12), 2:44||Apr 23, 2016||33 years, 159 days||Sports Complex, Cebu City, Philippines||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|39||Win||36–3||Cesar Juarez||UD||12||Dec 11, 2015||33 years, 25 days||Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico||Won vacant WBO super bantamweight title|
|38||Win||35–3||Anthony Settoul||TKO||2 (10), 1:41||Jul 18, 2015||32 years, 244 days||Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR|
|37||Win||34–3||William Prado||TKO||2 (12), 2:16||Mar 28, 2015||32 years, 132 days||Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines||Won vacant NABF super bantamweight title|
|36||Loss||33–3||Nicholas Walters||TKO||6 (12), 2:59||Oct 18, 2014||31 years, 336 days||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.||Lost WBA (Undisputed) featherweight title|
|35||Win||33–2||Simpiwe Vetyeka||TD||5 (12), 0:01||May 31, 2014||31 years, 196 days||Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR||Won WBA (Undisputed) featherweight title|
Unanimous TD: Donaire cut from an accidental head clash
|34||Win||32–2||Vic Darchinyan||TKO||9 (10), 2:06||Nov 9, 2013||30 years, 358 days||American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.|
|33||Loss||31–2||Guillermo Rigondeaux||UD||12||Apr 13, 2013||30 years, 148 days||Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York, U.S.||Lost WBO and The Ring super bantamweight titles;|
For WBA (Super) super bantamweight title
|32||Win||31–1||Jorge Arce||KO||3 (12), 2:59||Dec 15, 2012||30 years, 29 days||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBO and The Ring super bantamweight titles|
|31||Win||30–1||Toshiaki Nishioka||TKO||9 (12), 1:54||Oct 13, 2012||29 years, 332 days||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.||Retained WBO super bantamweight title;|
Won vacant The Ring super bantamweight title
|30||Win||29–1||Jeffrey Mathebula||UD||12||Jul 7, 2012||29 years, 234 days||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.||Retained WBO super bantamweight title;|
Won IBF super bantamweight title
|29||Win||28–1||Wilfredo Vázquez Jr.||SD||12||Feb 4, 2012||29 years, 80 days||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||Won vacant WBO super bantamweight title|
|28||Win||27–1||Omar Narváez||UD||12||Oct 22, 2011||28 years, 340 days||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained WBC and WBO bantamweight titles|
|27||Win||26–1||Fernando Montiel||TKO||2 (12), 2:25||Feb 19, 2011||28 years, 95 days||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won WBC and WBO bantamweight titles|
|26||Win||25–1||Volodymyr Sydorenko||KO||4 (12), 1:48||Dec 4, 2010||28 years, 18 days||Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas bantamweight title|
|25||Win||24–1||Hernán Márquez||TKO||8 (12), 2:59||Jul 10, 2010||27 years, 236 days||José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico||Retained WBA interim super flyweight title|
|24||Win||23–1||Manuel Vargas||KO||3 (12), 1:33||Feb 13, 2010||27 years, 89 days||Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBA interim super flyweight title|
|23||Win||22–1||Rafael Concepción||UD||12||Aug 15, 2009||26 years, 272 days||The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBA interim super flyweight title|
|22||Win||21–1||Raúl Martínez||TKO||4 (12), 2:42||Apr 19, 2009||26 years, 154 days||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines||Retained IBF and IBO flyweight titles|
|21||Win||20–1||Moruti Mthalane||TKO||6 (12), 1:31||Nov 1, 2008||25 years, 351 days||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF and IBO flyweight titles|
|20||Win||19–1||Luis Maldonado||TKO||8 (12), 1:16||Dec 1, 2007||25 years, 15 days||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.||Retained IBF and IBO flyweight titles|
|19||Win||18–1||Vic Darchinyan||TKO||5 (12), 1:38||Jul 7, 2007||24 years, 233 days||The Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.||Won IBF and IBO flyweight titles|
|18||Win||17–1||Kevin Hudgins||TKO||1 (8), 2:29||May 12, 2007||24 years, 177 days||Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.|
|17||Win||16–1||Oscar Andrade||UD||12||Oct 7, 2006||23 years, 325 days||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained NABF super flyweight title|
|16||Win||15–1||Jose Luis Cardenas||TKO||2 (8), 1:48||Jul 29, 2006||23 years, 255 days||Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.|
|15||Win||14–1||Karen Harutyunyan||SD||10||Jan 20, 2006||23 years, 65 days||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.||Won NABF super flyweight title|
|14||Win||13–1||Ilido Julio||UD||8||Nov 5, 2005||22 years, 354 days||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.|
|13||Win||12–1||Daniel Gonzalez||KO||1 (8), 2:19||Oct 1, 2005||22 years, 319 days||Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.|
|12||Win||11–1||Larry Olvera||UD||6||Jul 2, 2005||22 years, 228 days||Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.|
|11||Win||10–1||Paulino Villalobos||TKO||6 (8), 3:00||May 13, 2005||22 years, 178 days||Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, U.S.|
|10||Win||9–1||Gilberto Bolanos||UD||8||Nov 12, 2004||21 years, 362 days||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, U.S.|
|9||Win||8–1||Ricardo Barrera||TKO||4 (6), 3:00||Jun 18, 2004||21 years, 215 days||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, U.S.|
|8||Win||7–1||Jorge Lopez||TKO||1 (6), 1:43||Jun 27, 2003||20 years, 223 days||Mare Island Sports Center, Vallejo, California, U.S.|
|7||Win||6–1||Mark Sales||UD||8||Nov 2, 2002||19 years, 351 days||Joe Cantada Boxing Arena, Taguig, Philippines|
|6||Win||5–1||Kaichon Sor Vorapin||KO||2 (12)||Sep 1, 2002||19 years, 289 days||University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam||Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific flyweight title|
|5||Win||4–1||Noel Alma||TKO||2 (4)||May 31, 2002||19 years, 196 days||Elorde Sports Complex, Parañaque, Philippines|
|4||Win||3–1||Jose Luis Torres||TKO||1 (4), 0:30||Jul 3, 2001||18 years, 229 days||Hyatt Regency Hotel, Monterey, California, U.S.|
|3||Win||2–1||Saul Santoyo||UD||4||Jun 8, 2001||18 years, 204 days||Hollywood Park Racetrack, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|2||Loss||1–1||Rosendo Sanchez||UD||5||Mar 10, 2001||18 years, 114 days||Pacific Sports Center, Vallejo, California, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Jose Lazaro||KO||1 (4), 1:46||Feb 22, 2001||18 years, 98 days||Hollywood Park Racetrack, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
Titles in boxing
Major world titles:
- IBF flyweight champion (112 lbs)
- WBC bantamweight champion (118 lbs) (2x)
- WBO bantamweight champion (118 lbs)
- WBA (Super) bantamweight champion (118 lbs)
- WBO super bantamweight champion (122 lbs) (2×)
- IBF super bantamweight champion (122 lbs)
- WBA (Undisputed) featherweight champion (126 lbs)
Minor world titles:
- IBO flyweight champion (112 lbs)
The Ring magazine titles:
- The Ring super bantamweight champion (122 lbs)
- 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 Silver featherweight champion (126 lbs)
- 2013 Flash Elorde Memorial champion
- WBC Diamond super bantamweight champion
- WBC Diamond bantamweight champion
- 1998 National Silver Gloves champion
- 1999 National Jr. Olympics champion
- 2000 National USA Tournament champion
- 1999 International Jr. Olympics champion
- 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 (KO 5 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 Awardee
- 2011 The Ring Knockout of the Year (in Round 2 against Fernando Montiel)
- 2011 Sports Illustrated Knockout of the Year (in Round 2 against Fernando Montiel)
- 2011 ESPN Knockout of the Year (in Round 2 against Fernando Montiel)
- 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
Donaire has appeared on television as a guest and has appeared on Celebrity Duets in third-season episodes on GMA. Donaire is also featured in the video games Fight Night Round 4 and Fight Night Champion.
|2016||MMK: "Boxing Ring"||Donaire played by (Sam Concepcion)||Episode dated April 16|
|Flash Forward: Nonito Donaire Jr.||Himself||TV Documentary – ABS-CBN Sport|
|2015||Fighter's Cut: Nonito Donaire Jr.||Himself||TV Documentary / Interview|
|2014||Aquino & Abunda Tonight||Himself – Guest||Episode dated March 28|
|The Bottomline with Boy Abunda||Himself – Guest||Episode dated April 5|
|Kris TV||Himself – Guest||Episode dated April 7–8|
|Donaire: Flash and Fire||Himself||TV Documentary|
|2012||Palad Ta ang Nagbuot||Dodong Valderama|
|Sarah G. Live||Himself – Guest||Episode dated January 6|
|Life in The Flash Lane||Himself||Online Documentary|
|Gandang Gabi Vice||Himself – Guest||Episode dated August 5|
|Bandila||Himself – Guest||Episode dated December 21|
|2011||Round 2... For Keeps||Himself||Wedding telecast|
|2009||Celebrity Duets: Philippine Edition||Himself – Contestant|
|Wish Ko Lang||Himself – Guest|
|Year||Video Game||Role||Other Notes|
|2011||Fight Night Champion||Himself||Playable fighter|
|2009||Fight Night Round 4||Himself||Playable fighter|
- List of Filipino boxing world champions
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- List of IBO world champions
- List of The Ring world champions
- List of flyweight boxing champions
- List of bantamweight boxing champions
- List of super bantamweight boxing champions
- List of featherweight boxing champions
- List of boxing quadruple champions
- The Ring pound for pound
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|Regional boxing titles|
|New title|| WBO Asia Pacific
September 1, 2002 – November 2002
Title next held byGlenn Donaire
Title last held byGerson Guerrero
| NABF super flyweight champion
January 20, 2006 – July 2007
Title next held byEverardo Morales
Title last held byChristian Esquivel
| WBC Continental Americas
December 4, 2010 – February 19, 2011
Won world title
Title next held byGerardo Marin Hernandez
Title last held byVic Darchinyan
| NABF super bantamweight champion
March 28, 2015 – August 2015
Title next held byManuel Ávila
Title last held byCristian Mijares
| WBC Silver featherweight champion
September 23, 2017 – November 3, 2018
Title next held byLerato Dlamini
|Minor world boxing titles|
| IBO flyweight champion
July 7, 2007 – August 2009
Title next held byCésar Seda
|Major world boxing titles|
| IBF flyweight champion
July 7, 2007 – July 1, 2009
Title next held byMoruti Mthalane
Title last held byJorge Arce
| WBA super flyweight champion
August 15, 2009 – October 15, 2010
Title next held byDrian Francisco
|Preceded by|| WBC bantamweight champion
February 19, 2011 – October 22, 2011
Title next held byShinsuke Yamanaka
| WBO bantamweight champion
February 19, 2011 – October 22, 2011
Title next held byJorge Arce
Title last held byJorge Arce
| WBO super bantamweight champion
February 4, 2012 – April 13, 2013
Title last held byIsrael Vázquez
| The Ring super bantamweight champion |
October 13, 2012 – April 13, 2013
|Preceded by|| IBF super bantamweight champion
July 7, 2012 – October 13, 2012
Title next held byJonatan Romero
|Preceded by|| WBA featherweight champion
May 31, 2014 – November 18, 2014
Vacant after loss to Walters
Title last held byGuillermo Rigondeaux
| WBO super bantamweight champion
December 11, 2015 – November 5, 2016
|Preceded by|| WBA bantamweight champion
November 3, 2018 – November 7, 2019
|Preceded by|| WBC bantamweight champion
May 29, 2021 – present
UD12 Zab Judah
| The Ring Upset of the Year
KO5 Vic Darchinyan
UD12 Kelly Pavlik
KO6 Zuri Lawrence
| The Ring Knockout of the Year
KO5 Vic Darchinyan
KO3 David Banks
KO2 Paul Williams
| The Ring Knockout of the Year
KO2 Fernando Montiel
Juan Manuel Márquez
KO6 Manny Pacquiao
| ESPN Knockout of the Year |
| BWAA Fighter of the Year
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Canelo Álvarez vs.
Gennady Golovkin II
| The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. Naoya Inoue
Jose Zepeda vs.