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Nonito Donaire: The New WBC/WBO Bantamweight Champion

Updated on July 12, 2011
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank & Rael Soto
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank & Rael Soto | Source

Following the steps of Manny Paquiao

The 5th ranked Filipino Nonito Donaire ( Pound-for-Pound Boxer of the World by the Ring Magazine) stunned the Mandalay Bay boxing afficionados in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (February 19, 2011), when he pummeled another historic knockdown of a Mexican champion Fernando Montiel at the second round, 57 minutes left, of the WBC/WBO (World Boxing Council/World Boxing Organization) bantanweight division, the main event of the night.

"What a fight!" Many uttered this exclamation with an admiration to the Filipino Flash as he knocked down Montiel with a powerful left hook on his left temple leaving him suddenly lying on the boxing canvas as the deafening cheer from the crowd was heard. The referee decided to stop the fight asTeam Montiel hurried to the stunned fighter while Nonito was jumping for the short-paced victory.

There's no denying thatthe 28-year old southpaw of General Santos City (hometown of boxing legend Manny Paquiao) is at the prime of his boxing career as the 31-year old Montiel bowed down on his flashy-boxing strategy.

Boxing analysts who doubted the ablity of Donaire can now wash their hands and change their minds in favor to the Filipino pugilist.

When interviewed by the media, knocking out Montiel was already his mindset and predicted that it will be on the second round. During the first round, he immediately studied the routine of Montiel then delivered his counterattack on the second round.

It;s just like watching a heavyweight title fight. It's the first time in boxing history that the main fight featured a bantamweight fighters.

As a true gentleman, Nonito immediately approached Fernando Montiel, hugged him and consoled him about what happened.

Well, the spotlight is always on the winner, and the fight belongs to another Filipino boxer, a legend in the making as Donaire added the third championship belt in his boxing career.

Meanwhile, his compatriot Manny Paquiao was just about to enter the arena when admirers at the lobby said that the fight was over.

He congratulated Donaire in his accomplishment and reminded him to "always pray".

Earlier, another Filipino boxer Jason Melligen won the non-title fight against a Mexican opponent on the welterweight division.

Nonito Donaire Vs Fernando Montiel Slow mo Highlights 2/20/2011 c/o cccd214

Photo essay of Montiel-Donaire fight

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Nonito Donaire: The Next Manny Paquiao?

 Filipinos excel in boxing. The rigors of living in the islands make them tough and their endurance to excel in this sport discipline ontinue to reap honors for the country, whether in amateur or professional level.

Now that Nonito Donaire proved to the world that he can any opponent in his class, it is now time to move on and make a step higher and aim for another division.

The path he's leading is like that of Manny Paquiao's. The legendary promoter Bob Arum is now eyeing the 28-year old Donaire to be the next boxing legend that the Philippines will produce. Will it be possible to attain that dream in this lifetime?

Studying the statistics of Nonito, most of his winning were accomplished via knockouts. It's always on the earlier round of the fight and what happened to Montiel is not an exception.

He's a scientific fighter. Just like the heavyweight legend Muhammad Ali, He can easily adjust to the movement of an opponent by studying his tactics. From there, he is able to counter his rival with a southpaw or even orthodox fistfight.

WIth the 18 knockouts under his belt, Donaire is set to conquer another division in the boxing world.

The limelight is now centered to him. Wearing a humble smile, with a flawless tongue of a conversationalist and a supportive wife, there is always a room for another boxing legend-in-the-making  in the years to come.

It's going to be a tough fight.


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    • travel_man1971 profile image

      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Thanks for the comment, Arian. Let's hope Nonito and his father will settle their domestic problem soon.

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      Arian Rey 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

      Congratulations, Nonito. You're truly a Filipino Pride. You're boxing your way to success and didn't forget the place where you came from.