Donaire purse tops $1 million

Cuban faces ‘best Nonito ever’


NEW YORK CITY—Nonito Donaire Jr. is now well entrenched in the millionaire boys’ club with a paycheck worth “well above a million dollars” for his world super bantamweight title unification fight with Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba this weekend.

Bob Arum, big boss of Top Rank which promotes Donaire’s fights, told the Inquirer that the 30-year-old Filipino is getting more than the $1 million (about P41 million) he received fighting Jorge Arce in Houston last December.

Sources said the paycheck is $1.25 million. Rigondeaux is also getting a career-high purse of $750,000.

“Nonito is getting well over a million dollars,” Arum said during the fight’s final press conference at the Theater of the Madison Square Garden. “I’m not gonna make up a number because I can’t remember what number we have agreed on.”

The sweet-talking promoter predicted that, with the different styles of both fighters, the 12-round fight will end in a decision, not a knockout as everyone expects from a Donaire fight.

“I think it’s going to be a very, very good fight,” Arum said. “It will probably go into decision. It’s going to be difficult for either guy to knock the other one out, because of style.”

Donaire said Rigondeaux might think he is “vulnerable right now after winning Fighter of the Year awards and now (with) a baby coming, but it’s going to be the best Nonito ever.”

Donaire engaged Rigondeaux in a staredown that lasted about five minutes, drawing mixed reactions from media people who descended into Manhattan on this crisp, springtime morning.

In previous interviews, Donaire said he would go for a knockout, which he pulled off against Arce and Toshiaki Nishioka.

The Cuban counterpuncher could prove to be a hard nut to crack, though, because of his highly tactical style.

Boxing fans can “see a shift in power; there’s gonna be a revolution,” said Rigondeaux’s manager Gary Hyde, who predicted an end to Donaire’s 12-year, 30-fight win streak by knockout.

Benjy Esteves is the third man in the ring. The judges are Julie Lederman, Tom Schreck and John Stewart.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • pasaway008ako

    Estevas is a Latino and so with Rigondo.

  • Hellomr

    Pacman is out and Nonito is in,let’s hope for the best…Pacman’s condition was descending while Nonito has been accending. Saturation factor was the main reason behind . Once you have reach the top the tendency is always to go down..

  • JahreDistrict78

    Go Kobe !

    Uy Sorry !

    Go Junjun


    nonito should donate his earnings.. like pacquaio.. then he will be called the NEW PEOPLE’S CHAMP

  • Philcor

    million-million…now the pastors are salivating…emen emen?

    • Timoy

      How about the priests trying to get a bigger basket for Donaire’s tithe then using it afterwards to have an all-male orgy behind the altar. Ooops. Much more realistic.

  • sky explorer

    Go Nonito go…I like this guy…low profile and humble…may you increase your tribe…bless u and yr family…don’t let fame gets in yr. head…this country very proud of you…

    • mongrel84

      low profile and humble i doubt…..he dont even visit his grandparents in gensan

      • doncleo

        may kaunting aire ka angkop sa pangalan nya Don-aire.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94