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Nonito Donaire

Bantam Weight



  • Talibon, Bohol, Philippines

KO 28



L 8



D 0


5′ 7″
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Nonito Gonzales Donaire Jr., known as “The Filipino Flash,” is a Filipino American professional boxer born on November 16, 1982. He has achieved remarkable success in the boxing world, holding multiple world championships in four weight classes from flyweight to featherweight. Notably, he became the oldest boxer in history to win a bantamweight world title at the age of 38 and is the first three-time champion in that weight class. Donaire has also secured world championships in three consecutive decades: the 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s, a feat accomplished by only a few others, including Evander Holyfield, Manny Pacquiao, Bernard Hopkins, Erik Morales, and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

He has an impressive collection of nine world titles from the major boxing sanctioning bodies. Donaire has held the IBO flyweight title, the WBA interim super flyweight title, as well as the Ring magazine and lineal super bantamweight titles. As of June 2021, he was ranked as the second best active bantamweight by prominent boxing authorities such as The Ring, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, BoxRec, and ESPN.

Donaire’s boxing prowess earned him the nickname “The Filipino Flash” due to his rapid hand speed and punching power. He has received The Ring’s Knockout of the Year award twice, in 2007 and 2011, showcasing his devastating knockout ability. He reached a peak pound-for-pound ranking of third by The Ring in 2011 and was honored as Fighter of the Year in 2012 by the Boxing Writers Association of America. He is one of a select group of Asian boxers, along with Manny Pacquiao and Donnie Nietes, to have won world titles in at least four weight classes.

Donaire’s journey started in the Philippines, where he was born in Talibon, Bohol. He has a family history in boxing, with his father and relatives also involved in the sport. At the age of eleven, Donaire moved to the United States and began his boxing career, despite initially not enjoying the sport. His dedication paid off, leading him to numerous victories in the amateur ranks, including several U.S. national championships.

Throughout his career, Donaire’s remarkable achievements, knockout power, and dedication to the sport have cemented his status as a boxing legend, making him a respected figure in the boxing community.






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