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Donaire named ESPN’s best fighter


Donaire picked as ESPN fighter of the year.

For impressively ruling the super bantamweight division, Nonito Donaire Jr. was recently named ESPN’s Fighter of the Year.

The popular sports network honored the 30-year-old  Donaire, known as the Filipino Flash, for winning all his four title bouts this year while submitting himself to voluntary anti-doping tests 24-7, 365 days a year.

According to writer Dan Rafael, Donaire was an “easy pick as ESPN.com Boxer of the Year” for dominating the  122-pound division with his usual flair. He capped his explosive performance with knockout wins over former champs Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan and Jorge Arce of Mexico.

Donaire started the year with a classy decision win over former champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. of Puerto Rico for the vacant WBO junior bantamweight crown in February.

In July, he also annexed the IBF version of the belt by outclassing lanky six-foot champion Jeffrey Mathebula of  South Africa who managed to escape getting KOed but not before suffering a broken jaw that would later on require surgery.

He returned in October to force Nishioka into retirement after the bout was stopped in the ninth round  then needed just three rounds in the second week of December to put away Arce.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.shenieder Mandiribig Kuzuryuu

    filipinos will always rule the boxing no matter what happen…if pacquaio will retire another filiipino then donaire will de throne..if donaire will retire another filipino….will be p4p…..plsss floyd give the them fight your fans is so angry……

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.shenieder Mandiribig Kuzuryuu

    i know this kilawin is a black no discrimination but i understand how they love floyd who is health concious…hahahaha

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

    Well done Nonito! You do your country proud!

  • basilionisisa

    Nonito Donaire Jr.: ESPN’s Fighter of the Year! CONGRATULATIONS! Well done!

  • kilawon

    dear pactards,

    I expect all the hopeless pactards jumps into bandwagon ! they are the most irrational boxing fans you could ever meet! they pollute youtube comments section with racial discrimination(black,mexican etc) and they spam the internet shouting “proud to be unngoy”.

    Even the congressmen pactards are out there hunting justin beibers head, just for the simple ko post of their so called messiah! lol. One thing i noticed, all these pactards trolling in the internet,they have one thing in common!…they come from a third world country called pignas!

    Consider me as a catalyst  for a change in your country, for all the pactards will elect another dumb-ass sports celebrity,  as a president in your country and thats a big NO .


    juan manuel


    • mindanao1

       Why are you so mean? I thought grown ups have some kind of moral values. Kulang lakang sa pansin Kilawin.

      • kilawon

         And  , I thought pactards are all dead!…oh! I forgot they are “IPIS”  !

      • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.shenieder Mandiribig Kuzuryuu

        kilawin is floyd gay weather…i know its floyd hahahahaha

      • kilawon


    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDOEHEMLNVSTET7ZCS2MKQ7WRI Flavio


    • http://www.facebook.com/ANGATenyo Bulakenyo Ako

      dont be mistaken but boy youre one big retard.

    • blowcoldblowhot

      Sheep get excited sometimes when there are no
      wolves around.  Now go back to sleep or stay there whatever comes
      first cause we don’t need your verbal diarrhea here. You
      are just engaging in mental masturbation.

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