Donaire hopes KO victory over Arce lifted Filipinos’ spirits


Nonito Donaire, center, celebrates as referee Laurence Cole, right, holds up his arm after beating Jorge Arce in their WBO junior featherweight title boxing match Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Houston. Donaire knocked Arce out in the third round. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

MANILA, Philippines — Boxing champion Nonito “the Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. gave his countrymen something to cheer about Sunday morning (Manila time).

Donaire finished off Jorge Arce in a flash — using a splendid left hook which sent the Mexican boxer crashing to the canvas for the knockout win, just a second before the end of the third round.

“To all the Pinoys all over the world, Salamat and God bless,” tweeted Donaire (@filipinoflash), minutes after his victory.

“I hope I lifted your spirits thru these times of trials and wish blessing and Happiness this Christmas. Mabuhay Pilipinas,” he added.

The wrath of typhoon “Pablo,” which left hundreds dead and missing, has the Philippines reeling for the last two weeks.

The victory was also like a breath of fresh air for the Filipino sports fans alike, after a week full of setbacks.

It has been exactly a week after boxing legend Manny Pacquiao’s stunning setback to another Mexican, Juan Manuel Marquez — a knockout that rocked the world of boxing.

The Philippine men’s national team also failed to get a crack at the finals of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup, losing to Singapore in the home-and-away semifinals on Wednesday.

At least Donaire managed to keep a personal win streak going — his 30th straight in a span of 11 years, and his fourth victory of the year.

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  • Nick

    give credit when&where its due..pacquiao is very different from donaire in so many aspects, when its true pacquiao is definitely all heart, donaire is a lethal combination of heart&boxing smarts, and that spells the big difference..impact? it boils down to opinion, you must be living under a rock not to notice the emergence of nonito’s career, he may not appeal to many because of his us background, but he is very much a filipino as manny..besides i don’t hear “filipino” beside the pacman monicker, much like the “filipino” beside the flash of donaire, so even for most bigots here towards their own countryman at that, please go figure..

  • aristeosj

    Really,donaire is the smarter boxer.just like and effective.

    if donaire were in the same weight category
    as pacquiao,he’ll beat pacquiao hands down.

    Congrats donaire!!!you just made Phil boxing 
    alive again!!!

    • Facilitator1

      Commendable analogy. Your observation has a ring of truthfulness/probity. Although, I’m a big fan of Paquiao, IMHO: Donaire is, at this time of his career, the better BOXER of the two. Donaire is a COMBO of Marquez (smart and intelligent) and Paquiao (punching power). 

      The only quality that Donaire needs/lacks is CHARISMA. Unlike Paquiao, Donaire will have a hard time endearing himself to Juan dela Cruz.

      BTW: It’s just unfortunate and a tall order for Donaire’s future opponent to overcome–Donaire’s ring generalship (smartness and intelligence) and punching power…

      I wonder if Donaire moves to a heavier weight, will he retain his blinding speed and awesome punching power? I guess we all need to wait and see….Again, congrats champ and happy holidays…cheers…

      • aristeosj

        Donaire grew up in,we Filipinos are a sentimental
        bunch and a sucker for poor-got-rich stories.we identify 
        ourselves with pacquiao.another possible downside for donaire 
        was the incident with his father.

        donaire started as a flyweight,i think.and now he is competing in 
        the featherweight division.he gets better as he moves up.he is a
        trouble to his opponents–and double-trouble indeed!!!

    • Ivideo

      110% agree.  I’ve been watching Donaire since Darchinyan and indeed I had the same assessment of him.  The guy is focus and methodical on the ring.  Congrats Nonito and go go go!

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