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Nonito Donaire
Donaire with the WBO (brown) and WBC (green) bantamweight titles, 2011
Nonito Gonzales Donaire Jr.

(1982-11-16) November 16, 1982 (age 41)
Other namesThe Filipino Flash
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[a]
Reach68 in (173 cm)[1][2]
Boxing record
Total fights50
Wins by KO28

Nonito Gonzales Donaire Jr. Order of Lakandula (/dɒˈnɛər/ do-NAIR; Tagalog: [noˈnito gonˈsalɛs doˈnaɪre]; born November 16, 1982)[5][6] is a Filipino American professional boxer. He has held multiple world championships in four weight classes from flyweight to featherweight, and is the oldest boxer in history to win a bantamweight world title (at age 38), as well as being the first three-time champion in that weight class. Donaire has also held world championships in three consecutive decades: the 2000s, 2010s and 2020s, being the sixth boxer to do so after Evander Holyfield, Manny Pacquiao, Bernard Hopkins, Erik Morales, and Floyd Mayweather Jr.[7]

In total, Donaire has held nine world titles by the main four boxing sanctioning bodies. He has also held the International Boxing Organization (IBO) flyweight title, the World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super flyweight title, and the Ring magazine and lineal super bantamweight titles.

Donaire is popularly known as "The Filipino Flash"[8][9] 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,[10] and was named Fighter of the Year in 2012 by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Early life[edit]

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).[5][6] His older brother is former boxer Glenn Donaire,[11][12] and his cousin is former boxer Richard Donaire.[13]

Until he was six years of age, Donaire lived in General Santos[12] and attended the same school as future eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao.[14] Donaire was a child of small stature and was bullied.[15][16][17][18]

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.[19] In 1993, at the age of eleven, Donaire joined his father in Van Nuys, California. They later lived in San Leandro, California.[11][15] and San Mateo County, California.[20]

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.[12] This was his reason for entering the sport of boxing at the age of eleven even though he did not enjoy it.[12][18][21][22] His father supported his choice as he felt it would keep Donaire off the streets.[18][21] 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.[14]

While enrolled at the San Lorenzo High School in San Lorenzo, California, both Nonito and Glenn won several regional and district amateur boxing championships.[11] 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."[21] However, Donaire had little confidence until he had five professional knockout victories.[18]

Amateur career[edit]

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).[23]

Professional career[edit]

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.[12] 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.[11]

Early years[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 via split decision (SD) on ShoBox. Two judges scored the bout 97–92 for Donaire while the third scored it 95–94 for Harutyunan.[24] 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[edit]

Donaire with the IBF (red) and IBO (black) titles, 2007

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.[25] This victory was awarded Ring Magazine's "Knockout of the Year" and "Upset of the Year".[26][27]

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."[28] 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."[29]

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.[30] Days after leaving Gary Shaw Productions, Donaire signed a contract with Top Rank Boxing.[31]

Donaire vs. Mthalane[edit]

On November 2, 2008, Donaire made the second defense of his titles with a sixth-round (1:31) TKO of Moruti Mthalane.[32][33][34] 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.[12]

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).[35] 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.[36]

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 super flyweight division.[37]

Donaire vs. Concepción[edit]

Donaire was to fight Hugo Fidel Cazares on August 15, 2009, but negotiations failed.[38] Rafael Concepción replaced Cazares as Donaire's opponent for the WBA interim super flyweight title[39] 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."[20] 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.

In late 2009, Donaire began training under Robert Garcia.[40][41]

Donaire vs. Vargas[edit]

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.[42]

After the fight, Donaire planned to move up to the bantamweight division and expressed his wish to fight Vic Darchinyan and Fernando Montiel, but neither bout took place.[43][44][45][46]

Donaire vs. Márquez[edit]

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.[47] Donaire had challenged Eric Morel who declined.[48] Donaire won the match with a TKO in the eighth round.[9][49]


Donaire in 2010

Following his win against Márquez, Donaire stated his intention to compete in the bantamweight division (118 pounds (54 kg)) by challenging unified WBC and WBO champion, Fernando Montiel.[50][51]

Donaire vs. Sydorenko[edit]

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.[52] The win against Sydorenko gave Donaire the chance to face Montiel.

Donaire vs. Montiel[edit]

On February 19, 2011, Donaire defeated Montiel in the second round to capture the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles.[53] 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.[54]

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.[55]

Donaire vs. Narváez[edit]

On October 22, 2011, Donaire made his New York debut, beating the previously undefeated two-division world champion, Omar Narváez, via UD at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Super bantamweight[edit]

Donaire vs. Vázquez Jr.[edit]

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.[56] In the ninth round, Vázquez Jr. was knocked down for the first time in his professional career.[Video 2]

Donaire vs. Mathebula[edit]

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[edit]

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.[57] 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.[58]

Donaire vs. Arce[edit]

Donaire being congratulated by President Benigno S. Aquino III at Malacañan Palace, 2012

On December 15, 2012, in Houston, Texas, Donaire retained his titles against Jorge Arce with a third-round KO. Donaire had already knocked down Arce in the second and third rounds.[59]

Donaire vs. Rigondeaux[edit]

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.[60][61]


Donaire vs. Darchinyan II[edit]

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).[62][63]

Donaire vs. Vetyeka[edit]

On May 31, 2014, Donaire fought Simpiwe Vetyeka for the WBA (Super) featherweight title at The Venetian Macao Hotel & Resort's CotaiArena in Macau.[64][65] 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).[66] Donaire became the second Filipino (after Manny Pacquiao) to win championships in four weight divisions.

Donaire vs. Walters[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[67] Donaire defended the WBO title successfully against Zsolt Bedak via third-round TKO in Cebu City, Philippines on April 23, 2016.

Donaire vs. Magdaleno[edit]

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.[68]

Return to featherweight[edit]

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.[69] On July 25, 2017, Donaire signed with Richard Schaefer's Ringstar Sports.[70]

On September 23, 2017, Donaire returned to featherweight and defeated Ruben Garcia Hernandez via UD to win the vacant WBC Silver featherweight title at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.[71]

Donaire vs. Frampton[edit]

In December 2017, Donaire came up as a potential opponent for Carl Frampton after the announcement from promoter Frank Warren.[72] Negotiations began on December 19, 2017, between Donaire's promoter, Ringstar Sports, and Warren.[73] 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.[74][75]

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."[76][77][78][79] According to CompuBox Stats, Frampton landed 164 of 557 punches thrown (29.4%) and Donaire landed 104 of his 447 thrown (23.3%).[80]

Return to bantamweight[edit]

World Boxing Super Series[edit]

On May 9, 2018, at a news conference in London, the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) announced that season two would include the bantamweights.[81]

Donaire vs. Burnett[edit]

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.[82][83] 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.[84][85]

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.[86] Donaire captured the WBA (Super) bantamweight title and moved on to the semifinals of the WBSS to face WBO champion Zolani Tete.[87][88]

Donaire vs. Young[edit]

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.[89] 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.[90]

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[edit]

On November 8, 2019, Donaire faced Naoya Inoue for the WBSS final in Japan.[91] 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. 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.[92] After the fight, Donaire and Inoue showed each other mutual respect, with Inoue lauding Donaire as "a true champion."[93] The fight was later voted the Ring magazine Fight of the Year.

Cancelled fight with Rodríguez[edit]

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.[94] He was originally scheduled to face Nordine Oubaali, who was replaced by Rodríguez after Oubaali also tested positive for COVID-19.[95][96] 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.[97][98]

Donaire vs. Oubaali[edit]

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.[99]

Cancelled fight with John Riel Casimero[edit]

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.[100] However, on June 30, Donaire announced that he would be pulling out of the fight, citing concerns over VADA testing.[101]

Donaire vs. Inoue II[edit]

After a successful first title defense in which he knocked out Reymart Gaballo,[102] Donaire lost his WBC bantamweight title by knockout in the second round of a unification bout with WBA and IBF bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue in a rematch on June 7, 2022. The bout was held at the Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and was broadcast on ESPN+. He was knocked out in the second round, after being knocked down twice.[103]

Donaire vs. Santiago[edit]

Soon after Naoya Inoue moved up in weight and vacated his bantamweight titles,[104] it was announced that the WBC had approved Donaire vs. Alexandro Santiago for the vacant WBC bantamweight title.[105] On July 13, 2023, it was announced that the bout would take place on the undercard of Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford on July 29.[106] Donaire lost the bout against Santiago via unanimous decision with the scorecard of 115–113, 116–112, 116–112.[107]

Personal life[edit]

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.[108][109][110] They have two sons.[111][112]

Donaire's wife is a member of his team[17][113] and her father is his chief of security.[15] On July 4, 2013, Donaire's pregnant wife was injured while saving a drowning child. She recovered and her then-unborn second child was unharmed.[114]

Until 2023, Donaire only held United States citizenship, limiting his ability to legally stay in the Philippines. On August 14, 2023, Donaire reacquired his Filipino citizenship.[115]

Professional boxing record[edit]

50 fights 42 wins 8 losses
By knockout 28 2
By decision 14 6
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Age Location Notes
50 Loss 42–8 Alexandro Santiago UD 12 Jul 29, 2023 40 years, 255 days T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For vacant WBC bantamweight title
49 Loss 42–7 Naoya Inoue TKO 2 (12), 1:24 Jun 7, 2022 39 years, 203 days Super Arena, Saitama, Japan Lost 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[edit]


Major world titles:

Interim titles:

Minor world titles:

The Ring magazine titles:

Regional 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 Silver featherweight champion (126 lbs)

Honorary titles:


National titles:

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

International titles:

  • 1999 International Jr. Olympics champion


In popular culture[edit]

Donaire has appeared on television as a guest and has appeared on Celebrity Duets in third-season episodes on GMA.[11] Donaire is also featured in the video games Fight Night Round 4 and Fight Night Champion.


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

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Premier Boxing Champions tale of the tape prior to the Nordine Oubaali match
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Video references[edit]

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External links[edit]

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