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LOOK: Donaire borrows trophy from Inoue to fulfill promise to sons

Nov 08, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Nonito Donaire says the Muhammad Ali trophy will serve as a reminder to him and his sons to win and lose 'graciously'

MISSED CHANCE. Nonito Donaire falls short of the Muhammad Ali trophy against Naoya Inoue. Photo from Twitter/@filipinoflash


Donaire falls short vs 'Monster' Inoue in Japan

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:47 PM

Nonito Donaire may be in the twilight of his career but 'The Filipino Flash' pushes unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue to the limit

BLOODY. Nonito Donaire rocks Naoya Inoue several times. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Donaire tries to slay 'Monster' Inoue in world series title duel

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Filipino fighter Nonito Donaire relishes the underdog tag as oddsmakers pick unbeaten Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue as the huge favorite

MOTIVATED. Nonito Donaire hopes to bank on experience as he targets a 41st victory. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Donaire agrees he'll be up against a monster in Inoue

May 19, 2019 - 4:54 PM

The two champions will vie for supremacy as they meet in the World Boxing Super Series final

SLUGGERS. Nonito Donaire looks to include Naoya Inoue in his list of victims. File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Donaire stops Young in another KO of the Year candidate

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:30 PM

'The Filipino Flash' knocks out the American cold with a thunderous left hook to the chin to advance to the World Boxing Super Series finals

STILL GOT IT. Nonito Donaire earns his 40th win with a bang. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Nonito Donaire undaunted vs new foe in World Boxing Super Series semis

Apr 27, 2019 - 8:57 PM

After Zolani Tete backed out due to an injury, the Filipino four-division world champion will be tangling with reserved fighter Stephon Young

THE FLASH. Nonito Donaire will defend his WBA super bantamweight crown. File photo by Wendell Alinea/Rappler


Nonito Donaire gets new foe for World Boxing Super Series

Apr 26, 2019 - 1:48 PM

The Filipino boxer's initial opponent Zolani Tete of South Africa goes down with a shoulder injury

CHAMP. Nonito Donaire will defend his WBA super world bantamweight belt. Photo by Wendell Alinea/Rappler


Donaire-Tete duel likely to end in KO

Mar 05, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Nonito Donaire and Zolani Tete are fearsome knockout artists who can stop their opponents with a single punch

PACKING A PUNCH. Nonito Donaire owns two Knockout of the Year awards in 2007, against Australian Vic Darchinyan, and in 2011, against Mexican Fernando Montiel. File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Ring warriors: Filipino boxing world champions of 2018

Dec 27, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Some big names return and new faces also emerge as the Philippines thrives yet again in the international boxing scene


5 Pinoy champion boxers to be feted in WBC Asian Summit

Nov 18, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Manny Pacquiao and Jerwin Ancajas lead the reigning Filipino world champions who will be honored in the 3rd WBC Women's Convention and Asian Summit

PINOY PRIDE. Jerwin Ancajas and Manny Pacquiao are among the Filipino fighters who made it a banner year for Philippine boxing. File photo

Donaire says world title triumph 'not the way I want to win'

Nov 04, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The Filipino Flash snatches the WBA bantamweight belt from Ireland's Ryan Burnett, who suffers a back injury

STILL NOT DONE. Nonito Donaire bags his 7th world title. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Donaire underdog vs Burnett in WBA bantam title collision

Nov 03, 2018 - 2:26 PM

In the twilight of an illustrious career, five-division world champion Nonito Donaire seeks to relive his glory days

CHALLENGER. Filipino fighter Nonito Donaire drops 8 pounds to challenge Irish champion Ryan Burnett. File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Nonito Donaire’s father joins Pacquiao camp for Matthysse fight

May 08, 2018 - 9:00 PM

An all-Filipino training camp is shaping up as Manny Pacquiao taps Nonito Donaire Sr. as assistant coach

GETTING READY.  Manny Pacquiao opens training camp for his July 15 fight against regular WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse. Photo from Mohd Rafsan/AFP

Donaire suffers unanimous decision loss to Frampton

Apr 22, 2018 - 8:41 AM

‘The Filipino Flash’ looks far from his best form in battle of former champions

UNCERTAIN. Hard to say where Nonito Donaire goes next after losing make-or-break fight. Photo by Wendell Alinea/Rappler file photo

Nonito Donaire looks to play spoiler in Belfast vs hometown hero Carl Frampton

Apr 21, 2018 - 8:58 PM

'The Filipino Flash' and 'The Jackal' vie for the interim World Boxing Organization featherweight title

WINNING WAYS. Nonito Donaire eyes to join the growing list of Filipino boxers who have found success in the international stage since the year began. File photo by Alexis Cuarezma/Getty Images/AFP


Before training camp, Nonito Donaire helps give away 100 homes in Iloilo

Jan 07, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Donaire will fight Carl Frampton on April 21 in Northern Ireland

GIVING BACK. Nonito Donaire Jr came to the Philippines to help turnover homes donated to typhoon victims before officially starting training camp for his fight with Carl Frampton. File photo by Alecis Cuarezma/Getty Images/AFP

Donaire, with new promoter and trainer, returns with decision win over Hernandez

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Nonito Donaire wins a unanimous decision against unheralded Mexican boxer Ruben Garcia Hernandez in San Antonio.

BACK WITH A WIN. Nonito Donaire Jr returned to the featherweight division with a new promoter and new head trainer. Photo from Ringstar Sports

Nonito Donaire a free agent after splitting with Top Rank

Mar 08, 2017 - 4:21 PM

We re no longer under a promotional contract with Top Rank says Rachel Donaire

GONE IN A FLASH. Nonito Donaire Jr has parted ways with Top Rank, nearly 9 years after signing with the company. File photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Rachel Donaire takes swipe at Pacquiao for 'lazy' comment

Nov 14, 2016 - 6:57 AM

Nonito Donaire s wife points out that the scorecards for Donaire s loss to Jessie Magdaleno and Manny Pacquiao s loss to Floyd Mayweather are the same

BOXING CHAMP. Nonito Donaire Jr gestures in prayer towards the crowd after his 12-round bout against Jessie Magdaleno on the Pacquiao-Vargas undercard. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Sportswriter Ronnie Nathanielsz dies at 81

Nov 12, 2016 - 5:46 AM

Ronnie Nathanielsz bridged the gap between the eras of Flash Elorde and Manny Pacquiao and was still active in boxing until his death

LEGEND PASSES. Ronnie Nathanielsz (L), seen earlier this year after Nonito Donaire Jr (R) knocked out Zsolt Bedak in Cebu, was never shy about backing down from an issue in his writing. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Pacquiao hits at Donaire’s work ethic: ‘don’t be lazy’

Nov 11, 2016 - 1:17 PM

Pacquiao wants Donaire to take his training sessions more seriously

CHAMPION AGAIN. Manny Pacquiao dropped Jessie Vargas in round two and was the quicker man throughout. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Palace: Pacquiao a 'national treasure in global sports'

Nov 06, 2016 - 5:05 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the courage and grit displayed by Filipino boxers are the same qualities the country needs to get rid of drugs criminality and corruption

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 05: (R-L) Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines lands a right to the head of Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

'Pancit hairstyle' and 'It's okay, Donaire!' – netizens

Nov 06, 2016 - 12:35 PM

It s the battle of the hairstyles tweets former Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casiño

Magdaleno outboxes Donaire to win junior featherweight title

Nov 06, 2016 - 11:27 AM

Jessie Magdaleno wins a unanimous decision over Nonito Donaire Jr on the undercard of Pacquiao vs Vargas in Las Vegas

NEW CHAMP. Nonito Donaire Jr loses his WBO junior featherweight title after being outboxed by unbeaten southpaw Jessie Magdaleno. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Viloria sees tough wins for Pacquiao, Donaire in title fights

Nov 05, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Former boxing champion Brian Viloria thinks Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire will emerge victorious in their upcoming title fights

ONE LAST RUN. Brian Viloria is preparing for one last run as a boxer, but is in Las Vegas to watch the fights of Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr as a fan. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

LIVE: Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas - WBO welterweight title fight

Nov 05, 2016 - 9:57 AM

Live updates of the Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas and Nonito Donaire vs Jessie Magdaleno fights from Las Vegas

Pacquiao, Vargas make weight for welterweight title clash

Nov 05, 2016 - 7:29 AM

Manny Pacquiao weighs in at 144 8 pounds while the champion Jessie Vargas weighs 146 5 pounds

FACE-OFF. Manny Pacquiao was reminded that he is in the rare position as challenger by the belt hanging over Jessie Vargas' shoulder. Photo by Mike Williams/Top Rank

Nonito Donaire warns Magdaleno: 'This is not a joke'

Nov 05, 2016 - 1:56 AM

He knows that when it comes down to power for power that he’s not stronger than I am says Nonito Donaire Jr

TITLE CHALLENGER. Nonito Donaire Jr (L) will make the second defense of his WBO junior featherweight title against Jessie Magdaleno (R), an undefeated southpaw from Las Vegas. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Magdaleno on Donaire: 'We're gonna rip his head off'

Nov 04, 2016 - 2:18 PM

Undefeated contender Jessie Magdaleno didn t back down from WBO junior featherweight champ Nonito Donaire at the final press con

TITLE CHALLENGER. Jessie Magdaleno (R) says it doesn't matter if he hasn't fought any significant names yet. he believes he'll defeat one when he faces Nonito Donaire Jr. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

The Filipino-Canadian boxer who trained with Pacquiao and Donaire

Nov 02, 2016 - 12:09 AM

Aspiring fighter Marc Pagcaliwangan makes a pilgrimage to train with Pacquiao and Donaire and spars with the Filipino Canadian identity

PILGRIMAGE. Marc Pagcaliwangan, an undefeated junior featherweight boxer from Ontario, Canada, took leave from work to train with Manny Pacquiao (L) and Nonito Donaire Jr (R). Photos from Pagcaliwangan's Facebook

Nonito Donaire stands as his own man on first Pacquiao card

Oct 19, 2016 - 7:33 AM

The Filipino Flash explains why he s only now fighting on a Manny Pacquiao card for the first time

HIS OWN MAN. Nonito Donaire Jr has won world titles in more weight classes than any other Filipino boxer aside from Pacquiao. File photo by Alexis Cuarezma/Getty Images/AFP

Donaire slated to face Magdaleno on Pacquiao-Vargas card - report

Sep 01, 2016 - 2:42 PM

Donaire is set to face the undefeated Jessie Magdaleno in his first appearance on a Pacquiao card

Nonito Donaire Jr is all smiles after defending his WBO junior featherweight title. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Nonito Donaire splits with father as head trainer

Aug 22, 2016 - 5:02 PM

The Filipino Flash and his father split once again but this time on better terms

NEW TRAINER. Nonito Donaire Jr (C) will no longer be trained by his father (L) after the father resigned to return home to the Bay Area. File photo by Chris Farina - Top Rank

Filipino boxer Joebert Alvarez suffers first round KO loss

Jul 16, 2016 - 2:04 PM

The General Santos City native was stopped in the first round by Miguel Cartagena in Kissimmee Florida

UPSET. Joebert Alvarez's career suffered a major setback as he was knocked out in the first round by Miguel Cartagena. File photo from Alvarez's Facebook

Donaire Sr brings 'flash' to PH boxing team as consultant

May 23, 2016 - 2:56 PM

Nonito Donaire Sr is observing the Philippine boxing team s preparations for the final Olympic qualifier but clarifies that he is not their head coach

CONSULTANT LANG. Nonito Donaire Sr (L) wraps his champion son's hands during a 2014 training session at Elorde Boxing Gym. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

WATCH: Nonito Donaire challenges all comers at junior featherweight

Apr 25, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Nonito Donaire isn’t overly concerned with whom he faces next after his easy 3 round demolition of overmatched Hungarian Zsolt Bedak

FLASH DRIVE. Nonito Donaire Jr looked like his former pound for pound candidate self against Zsolt Bedak. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Donaire blows out Bedak in 3 rounds

Apr 24, 2016 - 12:05 AM

Nonito Donaire Jr drops Zsolt Bedak 3 times en route to the technical knockout win

Nonito Donaire Jr is all smiles after defending his WBO junior featherweight title. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

LIVE COVERAGE: Nonito Donaire vs Zsolt Bedak

Apr 22, 2016 - 9:08 PM

Live updates of the Nonito Donaire vs Zsolt Bedak boxing event from Cebu City Philippines

IN PHOTOS: Donaire, Bedak make weight for title clash

Apr 22, 2016 - 2:56 PM

Nonito Donaire and Zsolt Bedak both look fit and ready for their junior featherweight championship fight in Cebu

Both Donaire and Bedak were trim and ready. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Donaire dedicates Bedak fight to dad, seeks KO win

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:34 AM

I am a warrior and I go out there with dignity and honor in destroying an opponent says Donaire Jr

Donaire, shown against Anthony Settoul in 2015, wants to score an impressive win to get back on the American TV radar. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Nonito Donaire not interested in fighting 'kids' at Rio Olympics

Apr 21, 2016 - 7:00 PM

WBO junior featherweight champ Nonito Donaire Jr thinks it s unfair for pro champions to fight amateurs with less experience

FILIPINO FLASH. Nonito Donaire Jr isn't overly concerned with competing at the 2016 Olympics. File photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Donaire sees Pacquiao return after retirement

Apr 08, 2016 - 10:38 AM

Donaire takes his compatriot’s retirement plans with a grain of salt

Pacquiao must maintain focus to win over Bradley, says Donaire

Apr 08, 2016 - 12:08 AM

Nonito Donaire Jr is undoubtedly picking his compatriot Manny Pacquiao

LOOK: Steph Curry gifts Nonito Donaire's sons custom Warriors jerseys

Apr 01, 2016 - 11:49 PM

Reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry did a pretty cool favor for the Filipino Flash on Filipino Heritage Night

GOLDEN STATE GIFT. Stephen Curry gifted Nonito Donaire Jr two custom jerseys for his young sons. Photo from Donaire's Facebook

Donaire vs Bedak title fight moved to Cebu on April 23

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:05 PM

The fight will be Nonito Donaire s first world title fight in the Philippines since 2009

NEW VENUE. Nonito Donaire will be fighting for the fifth time in his country of birth when he meets Zsolt Bedak (R). Donaire photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank, Bedak photo by Thais Llorca/EPA

Donaire hopes Pacquiao's Bible verse post doesn't incite violence against gays

Feb 19, 2016 - 8:32 PM

Donaire writes on his Facebook: I humbly pray that nobody takes the bible verse Pacquiao posted about ‘put to death gays’ LITERALLY

Nonito Donaire Jr doesn't want anyone to act literally on the Bible verses his compatriot recently posted. File photo by Chris Farina - Top Rank

Nonito Donaire to defend title against Zsolt Bedak in Manila

Feb 06, 2016 - 8:46 PM

Nonito Donaire Jr will face light hitting Zsolt Bedak at Araneta Coliseum on April 23

MANILA CALLING. Nonito Donaire Jr will fight again in his country of birth. File photo by AFP

2015: The best of Philippine boxing

Dec 28, 2015 - 4:25 AM

Pacquiao vs Mayweather may not have delivered but that doesn t mean there wasn t much to enjoy about Philippine boxing in 2015

Nonito Donaire may make first title defense in Philippines

Dec 24, 2015 - 4:54 PM

Nonito Donaire Jr could defend his WBO junior featherweight title in the Philippines in April with Evgeny Gradovich being named as a possible foe

HOMECOMING. Nonito Donaire Jr could defend his title for the first time at home in the Philippines. File photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

How gratitude brought new life to Nonito Donaire’s career

Dec 21, 2015 - 3:23 PM

Now each day I say thank you each night I say thank you I’m thankful for each day that I’m alive that I get to see my kids that I get to hug my wife

FILIPINO FLASH. Nonito Donaire Jr scores two early knockdowns but had to survive the desperate rally of Cesar Juarez to hang on to victory. File photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA