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Can Donaire restore the Pacquiao monument?


HIS latest stoppage, brilliant and crisp, had more than enough solid elements of a gross mismatch.

But after the carnage in Houston over the weekend, Nonito Donaire Jr., in a flash, was left with tougher roles to fill.

He also has as many aches to assuage.

The bout, a budding mismatch from Day 1, looked gory enough it was next branded hysterically as a vindication of the shock and shame delivered by Manny Pacquiao’s monumental fall and filthy foldup in Las Vegas a week earlier.

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It’s a Christmas gift from Bob Arum, this reporter remembers informing international boxing correspondent Anthony Andales the moment the bout was announced.

What do you mean?

It will be a lollipop.

Explain, please.

Arce, who loves to go around with that balled candy in his mouth, will be left out there for the lusty licking.

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It’s like this. It would’ve been a little sweeter, a sort of Christmas prizefight package, if the Mexican firebrand had been allowed to spit out some patented venom in the opening rounds.

Donaire was not exactly in a hurry, neither was he being impatient.

But the respected Jimmy Tobin, in a post for Cruelest Sport, scored perfectly in saying that, this time, Donaire did not even bother to first size up his foe.

If the sensational stoppage had indeed catapulted Donaire as Fighter of the Year, the bout should also go down as the most forgettable of the period.

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As expected, they next had to wonder why Arum was in a frantic haste to put Donaire up the world pound-for-pound ladder.

Was the tasteless stoppage, against an “aging, undersized but still adored warrior” strong enough to push Donaire onward as pay-per-view attraction?

To tell the truth, the Donaire victory, his fourth this year and second straight by knockout, has also led plain fans and self-styled experts to ask if, say, Donaire could step up to the Manny Pacquiao legend.

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—Will he finally move up from 122 pounds to a full featherweight?

He said he’s at home as super bantam, but it’s in their program to move up to featherweight proper next year.

—Can he approximate the achievements of Pacquiao, like winning world crowns in eight separate weight divisions?

That’s quite doubtful. The Pacman is a golden act that may never be duplicated in this lifetime.

—You mean Donaire is just another ordinary fighter?

No, Nonito is a wonder worker, easily more crafty and skillful than Pacquiao. He’s indeed a gem, but he’s only human.

—What do you mean?

Pacquiao was a storm, a magical warrior, a human ball of fire, a national treasure.

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—Was it not right to say Donaire, with his victory, has vindicated the Philippines after that shocking Pacquiao loss to Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 in Las Vegas?

Everybody has reason to feel delighted, to be relieved, this should add to the Christmas cheer hereabouts.

—You mean Donaire was unable to avenge the Pacquiao defeat?

Avenge is definitely not the right term.

—What’s wrong?

You must realize it’s only Pacquiao who could properly avenge that shocking defeat. He must score a monumental win in order to restore his stature.

—What do you mean?

Pacquiao is a living monument. When Marquez stopped him, the feat was equal to uprooting our national monument and transporting it over to Mexico. Only Pacquiao, or anybody of his mythical greatness, should be able to win back the uprooted treasure. Nobody and nothing less.

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  • Ronaldo

    i think the pacman can deliver in his coming fights, though Donaire the Filipino Flash is a remarkeble athlete, a fighter with better skill and youth, i simply don’t seem him achieving the level of greatness of the PACMAN,  the over-all charisma of pacquio is beyond the ring,  his character and humility separates him from other great fighters>>>

  • bryant85

    Egotistical thought hiding in your self inured paranoia. Why are you a clairvpoyant to aver that doniare can’t duplicate nor be better than Pacquiao? You’re eating your own words when you state that Donaire is more crafty and skillful than pacquiao only to degrade him afterwards that it’s quite doubtful for him to achieve what pacquiao had done. Trinidad as they say, the ball is round and the ball is in the hands of Donaire to play with so in ordinary honesty, we grant to him the blessings and inflamed support he mostly needed.

    Rendering negativism this premature time is pure and simple crab mentality. Why if in the long run. Donaire became a hurricane not just a storm as you call paquiao then what would be your face?

    • ethan ralph siapuetco

      ” impossible not possible ? ” 0(‘-‘)0

  • ethan ralph siapuetco

    yup sir 0(‘-‘)0 definitely…

    that’s the promoter and boxing association job

  • regd


  • ADD

    Arce is not a pushover fighter. Donaire just had a perfect gameplan on how o fight Arce that’s why it looked easy but it isn’t. Opinion lng ni Manong Recah, na ayaw pang magretire, na easy to beat si Arce.

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