|Real name||Nonito Gonzales Donaire Jr.|
|Nickname(s)||The Filipino Flash|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
November 16, 1982 |
Talibon, Bohol, Philippines
|Wins by KO||24|
Nonito Gonzales Donaire Jr. (Tagalog: [noniˈto donajˈɾe]; no-NEE-toh do-NIGH-reh; born November 16, 1982) is a Filipino-American professional boxer who is in his second reign as WBO super bantamweight champion since 2015. He is a former four-weight world champion, having held the IBF flyweight title from 2007 to 2009; the unified WBC and WBO bantamweight titles in 2011; the IBF super bantamweight title in 2012; the WBO super bantamweight title (first reign) from 2012 to 2013; and the WBA (Undisputed) featherweight title in 2014.
In total, Donaire has held seven world titles by the main four boxing sanctioning bodies, as well as the IBO flyweight title from 2007 to 2009; the WBA interim super flyweight title from 2009 to 2010; and the Ring magazine and lineal super bantamweight titles from 2012 to 2013. He is popularly known as "The Filipino Flash" due to his exceptionally fast hand speed and formidable punching power.
- 1 Personal 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 Titles in boxing
- 6 Recognitions
- 7 In popular culture
- 8 Filmography
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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 brother is Glenn Donaire, a flyweight boxer. Donaire's cousin, Richard Donaire, is also a professional boxer.
Until he was six years of age, Donaire lived in General Santos City, South Cotabato and attended the same school as the eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao. Donaire was a child of small stature who was bullied.
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 and this gave 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.
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 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 his older brother, 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 Donaire and his brother won several regional and district amateur boxing championships. 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.
On August 8, 2008, Donaire married 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. 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 unborn child was unharmed.
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. 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 Fernando Montiel of Mexico.
Donaire vs. Montiel
On February 19, 2011, Donaire defeated Montiel in the second round winning 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 in the second round (2:25).[Video 1] Donaire became the second Filipino and the third Asian person to become a three-division world champion. Donaire was given a third place in Ring Magazine's "pound for pound" rankings. Juan Manuel Marquez and Sergio Martinez 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. Narvaez
On October 22, 2011, Donaire made his New York debut beating the previously undefeated two-division world champion, Omar "El Huracán" Narvaez, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Donaire dominated the fight but did not make a knockout.
Donaire vs. Vázquez Jr.
In 2012, Donaire fought 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, Donaire 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 different divisions.
PED Suspicion & Year Round Testing
Donaire has been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs from Victor Conte, a former BALCO man. In June 2012, Donaire agreed to random, year-round blood and urine testing by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA).
Donaire vs. Mathebula
On July 7, 2012, Donaire fought Jeffrey Mathebula, a South African boxer. 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 unanimous decision, 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 122 pounds (55 kg) 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 representative asked the referee to end the fight. Donaire won the bout with this TKO. The purse from this bout and his contract with HBO earned Donaire 800,000 dollars.
Donaire vs. Arce
On December 15, 2012 in Houston, Texas, Donaire retained the WBO and The Ring super bantamweight titles against Jorge Arce of Mexico whom he knocked out in the third round (2:59). Donaire had already knocked down Arce in the second and third rounds.
Donaire vs. Rigondeaux
On April 13, 2013, Donaire fought Guillermo Rigondeaux at Radio City Music Hall in New York to defend his WBA and WBO super bantamweight and Ring junior featherweight titles. Donaire did knock down Rigondeaux once in the tenth round but Rigondeaux defeated Donaire by unanimous decision. Donaire's twelve year record of continuous wins was over.
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 Martinez vs Garcia 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 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 and this prompted the referee to stop the fight (2:06).
Donaire vs. Vetyeka
On May 31, 2014, Donaire fought the South African boxer, 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 after a 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 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 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 again via stoppage at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China.
Donaire vs. Juarez
On December 11, 2015, Donaire claimed the vacant WBO Super bantamweight title, defeating Mexican Cesar Juarez by unanimous decision. The fight was controlled by Donaire early on, dropping the Mexican brawler twice, but Juarez showed tremendous heart and punch resistance to keep coming. Donaire begun 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.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|40 fights||37 wins||3 losses|
|41||N/A||N/A||Jessie Magdaleno||N/A||– (12)||Nov 5, 2016||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Defending WBO super bantamweight title|
|40||Win||37–3||Zsolt Bedák||TKO||3 (12), 2:44||Apr 23, 2016||Sports Complex, Cebu City, Philippines||Retained WBO super bantamweight title|
|39||Win||36–3||Cesar Juarez||UD||12||Dec 11, 2015||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||Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR|
|37||Win||34–3||William Prado||TKO||2 (12), 2:16||Mar 28, 2015||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||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.||Lost WBA (Super) featherweight title|
|35||Win||33–2||Simpiwe Vetyeka||TD||5 (12), 0:01||May 31, 2014||Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR||Won WBA (Super) featherweight title;
Unanimous TD after Donaire sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
|34||Win||32–2||Vic Darchinyan||TKO||9 (10), 2:06||Nov 9, 2013||American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.|
|33||Loss||31–2||Guillermo Rigondeaux||UD||12||Apr 13, 2013||Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York, U.S.||Lost WBO, The Ring, and lineal super bantamweight titles;
For WBA (Super) super bantamweight title
|32||Win||31–1||Jorge Arce||KO||3 (12), 2:59||Dec 15, 2012||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBO, The Ring, and lineal super bantamweight titles|
|31||Win||30–1||Toshiaki Nishioka||TKO||9 (12), 1:54||Oct 13, 2012||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.||Retained WBO super bantamweight title;
Won vacant The Ring and lineal super bantamweight titles
|30||Win||29–1||Jeffrey Mathebula||UD||12||Jul 7, 2012||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||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||Won vacant WBO super bantamweight title|
|28||Win||27–1||Omar Narváez||UD||12||Oct 22, 2011||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||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||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||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||Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBA interim super flyweight title|
|23||Win||22–1||Rafael Concepción||UD||12||Aug 15, 2009||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 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||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||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||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||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||Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.|
|17||Win||16–1||Oscar Andrade||UD||12||Oct 7, 2006||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||Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, U.S.|
|15||Win||14–1||Kahren Harutyunyan||SD||10||Jan 20, 2006||Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.||Won NABF super flyweight title|
|14||Win||13–1||Ilido Julio||UD||8||Nov 5, 2005||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, U.S.|
|13||Win||12–1||Daniel Gonzalez||KO||1 (8), 2:19||Oct 1, 2005||Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.|
|12||Win||11–1||Larry Olvera||UD||6||Jul 2, 2005||Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.|
|11||Win||10–1||Paulino Villalobos||TKO||6 (8), 3:00||May 13, 2005||Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, U.S.|
|10||Win||9–1||Gilberto Bolanos||UD||8||Nov 12, 2004||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, U.S.|
|9||Win||8–1||Ricardo Barrera||TKO||4 (6), 3:00||Jun 18, 2004||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, U.S.|
|8||Win||7–1||Jorge Lopez||TKO||1 (6), 1:43||Jun 27, 2003||Mare Island Sports Center, Vallejo, California, U.S.|
|7||Win||6–1||Mark Sales||UD||8||Nov 2, 2002||Joe Cantada Boxing Arena, Taguig,Philippines|
|6||Win||5–1||Kaichon Sor Vorapin||KO||2 (12)||Sep 1, 2002||University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam||Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific flyweight title|
|5||Win||4–1||Noel Alma||TKO||2 (4)||May 31, 2002||Elorde Sports Complex, Parañaque, Philippines|
|4||Win||3–1||Jose Luis Torres||TKO||1 (4), 0:30||Jul 3, 2001||Hyatt Regency Hotel, Monterey, California, U.S.|
|3||Win||2–1||Saul Santoyo||UD||4||Jun 8, 2001||Hollywood Park Racetrack, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|2||Loss||1–1||Rosendo Sanchez||UD||5||Mar 10, 2001||Pacific Sports Center, Vallejo, California, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Jose Lazaro||KO||1 (4), 1:46||Feb 22, 2001||Hollywood Park Racetrack, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Professional debut|
Titles in boxing
|New title||WBO Asia Pacific flyweight champion
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 bantamweight champion
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
|Minor world titles|
|IBO flyweight champion
July 7, 2007 – August 2009
Title next held byCésar Seda
|Major world 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
|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
|Lineal super bantamweight champion
October 13, 2012 – April 13, 2013
|IBF super bantamweight champion
July 7, 2012 – October 13, 2012
Title next held byJonatan Romero
|WBA featherweight champion
May 31, 2014 – November 18, 2014
Title last held byGuillermo Rigondeaux
|WBO super bantamweight champion
December 11, 2015 – present
|New title||WBC Diamond super bantamweight champion
October 13, 2012 – May 2014
- 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)
- WBC bantamweight champion (118 lbs)
- WBO bantamweight champion
- WBO super bantamweight champion (122 lbs) (2×)
- IBF super bantamweight champion
- WBA (Super) featherweight champion (126 lbs)
Minor world titles:
The Ring magazine titles:
- WBO Asia Pacific flyweight champion
- NABF super flyweight champion
- WBC Continental Americas bantamweight champion
- NABF super bantamweight 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 videogame Fight Night Round 4 and Fight Night Champion.
|2012||Palad Ta ang Nagbuot||Dodong Valderama|
|Year||Television Shows||Role||Other Notes|
|2009||Celebrity Duets: Philippine Edition||Himself – Contesteant|
|2009||Wish Ko Lang||Himself – Guest|
|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||Online 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|
|2016||MMK: "Boxing Ring"||Donaire played by (Sam Concepcion)||Episode dated April 16|
|2016||Flash Forward: Nonito Donaire Jr.||Himself||TV Documentary - ABS-CBN Sport|
|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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