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Donaire arrives in Manila

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR CONTENDER Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire flashes a big smile at the VIP lounge of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 shortly after his arrival on Wednesday morning, following his sensational knockout victory against veteran Mexican fighter Jorge Arce in Houston, Texas, on Saturday. Donaire, who retained his World Boxing Organization super bantamweight belt, is a leading candidate for Fighter of the Year. Unless Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez gets the nod for knocking out Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport early Wednesday from the United States following his third round stoppage of Mexican boxer Jorge Arce last Saturday night (Sunday morning here).

Posted: December 19th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Featured Gallery,Latest Sports Stories,Professional | Read More »

Donaire redeems PH pride, KOs Mexican Arce

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THE AVENGER The Philippines’ Nonito Donaire hits Mexico’s Jorge Arce during their WBO super bantamweight title fight in Houston, Texas. Donaire knocked out Arce in the third round to retain the title. AP

Nonito Donaire Jr. knocked Jorge Arce out cold with a patented left hook in the third round on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) to keep his World Boxing Organization super bantamweight crown and lift the sagging spirits of Filipinos back home, as well as here and beyond.

Posted: December 17th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Featured Gallery,Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Professional | Read More »

Donaire heads Fighter of the Year favorites

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If blasting Jorge Arce into oblivion is Nonito Donaire Jr.’s way of getting attention, then he has succeeded.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Headlines,Professional | Read More »

Donaire KO over Arce wows ‘em

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Nonito Donaire, left, hits Jorge Arce during 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

For revered promoter Bob Arum, finding the next opponent for Nonito Donaire Jr. might entail lengthy negotiations, or draw flimsy excuses.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Professional | Read More »

Donaire KOs Arce in 3rd round

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Nonito Donaire, left, hits Jorge Arce during 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

Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. vowed a knockout win and he delivered Sunday (Manila time).

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Donaire, Arce see KO ending

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They’re good friends, but for one hour on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. and Mexican Jorge Arce will be bitter enemies, trying to knock each other out with every punch in their arsenal.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Headlines,Professional,Section | Read More »

Nonito half-pound lighter than foe

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Call it belief, superstition, or lucky charm, but Nonito Donaire always wants to be the first on the weight scale. Donaire had his way again Friday during the official weigh-in for his WBO super bantamweight title defense against Mexican warrior Jorge Arce at the food court of PlasAmericas Mall here.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Headlines,Professional,Section | Read More »

Garcia confident his ward will score knockout

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It could be long, it could be short. But one thing is sure, the knockout will come and Nonito Donaire will deliver it. Not Jorge Arce. This was the bold declaration of Robert Garcia, Donaire’s chief trainer, Friday at PlazAmericas here.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Headlines,Professional,Section | Read More »

No takers against Donaire

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UNLIKE in the recent Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez 4, nobody seems to have placed a bet—not even a very friendly one—on the Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr.-Jorge Arce fight set today at 11 a.m. Manila time at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Commentary,Featured Columns,Headlines,In Huddle,Professional,Section | Read More »

Donaire, Arce make weight ahead of title fight

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PERFECT MATCH With smiles on their faces, Nonito Donaire of the Philippines (left)  and Jorge Arce of Mexico seem to be preparing for a dance not a fight as they pose on stage after their official weigh-in at the PlazAmericas Mall on December 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

Filipino World boxing champion Nonito Donaire Jr. and Mexican Jorge Arce both made weight ahead of their clash on Sunday (Manila time) in Houston, Texas, according to Top Rank, promoter of the fight.

Posted: December 15th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Featured Gallery,Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Professional | Read More »

Donaire trains at night for Arce

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The effectivity of Nonito Donaire Jr.’s new training schedule will be tested on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) when he dangles his WBO super bantamweight crown against Mexican Jorge Arce at Toyota Center here.

Posted: December 15th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Headlines,Professional,Section | Read More »

Arce vows a Marquez KO act on Nonito

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Five-Time world champion, Mexico's Jorge "Travieso" Arce Media Day in Mexico for his December 15th WBO super bantamweight title bout against the "Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. Photo Credit: Rafael Soto / Top Rank

Jorge Arce has promised a replay of Pacquiao-Marquez 4. The Mexican legend Arce vowed to shock the world anew this Saturday (Sunday in Manila) by stopping Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. in their showdown for the World Boxing Organization crown here.

Posted: December 14th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Professional | Read More »

Donaire sees fiery fight in cold Houston

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Photo Credit: Chris Farina / Top Rank

It’s biting cold out here, but Nonito Donaire Jr. promised it will be hot on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) when he stakes his World Boxing Organization super bantamweight crown against Mexican Jorge Arce at Toyota Center here.

Posted: December 14th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

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