By Don Donatello
There is a new sheriff in town and his name is Nonito Donaire. As Manny Pacquiao winds down his career, Donaire will slip right in and take the helm of boxing. Yes, Donaire is that good. Donaire can own boxing after Manny but his matters outside the ring might throw a wrench in his boxing career.
There are already hints of what are to come. Donaire’s family squabbles are well known by now. He recently had spat with his promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions. Donaire and his wife seem to be too eager to bask in the limelight of fame.
Manny Pacquiao had his mother to anchor him to the ground. Who does Nonito Donaire have to keep him aground when fame and big money comes swooping into his life? In my opinion, the person closes to him, his wife Rachel, seems to be even more drunk with being a celebrity.
Inside the ring, there is no one that I can see that can beat Nonito Donaire. Not even Yuriorkis Gamboa. Juan Manuel Lopez will be too slow against Donaire. In fact, I think Lopez is tailor made for Donaire. I predict it will be one of Donaire’s easier fights if he fought Juan Manuel Lopez.
Filipino boxing fans don’t have a thing to worry about. Donaire will carry the torch. If Donaire can manage to handle the flame of fame, he will be the new face of boxing.
Donaire owns the most devastating punch in boxing right now. In my opinion, Donaire’s counter left hook is the best punch I’ve seen, bar none. Manny Pacquiao’s straight left was one of the best when he was at the lower weights. If Nonito’s counter left hook can bring the devastation as he moves up in weight, then to the rest of the boxing world, Houston, you got a problem.
Pacquiao is the darling of the Filipinos right now. He will be that until he retires, and rightly so. Donaire is saying all the right things right now while waiting in the background. But Nonito has to remain busy and keep fighting. More fights means more exposure. Manny made his bones by taking on the big guns like Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Erik Morales. Donaire must take on the big names too if he wants to follow in the foot steps of Pacquiao.
Let’s take a look at why I believe Nonito Donaire will be the new king after Manny Pacquiao steps down. Let’s see Donaire’s record of his last 9 fights:
7/7/2007 – Vic Darchinyan 28-0 TKO 5 Rounds
12/1/2007 – Luis Maldonado 35-2 TKO 8 Rounds
11/1/2007 – Moruti Mthalane 23-1 TKO 6 Rounds
4/19/2009 – Raul Martinez 24-0 TKO 4 Rounds
8/15/2009 – Rafael Concepcion 13-3 UD 12 Rounds
2/13/2010 – Manuel Vargas 26-4 KO 3 Rounds
7/10/2010 – Hernan Marquez 27-1 TKO 8 Rounds
12/4/2010 – Volodymyr Sydorenko 22-2 KO 4 Rounds
2/19/2011 – Fernando Montiel 44-2 TKO 2 Rounds
That is a phenomenal record. The two best and well known opponent were Vic Darchinyan and Fernando Montiel. He easily dispatched those two by TKO.
Yes, Filipino fight fans, right now we have Manny Pacquiao, and tomorrow we will have Nonito Donaire. Isn’t that special!
To Donaire, stop working at being famous and becoming a celebrity. Just win in the ring and look good at it and the rest will take care of itself.
Let’s see a video of what is to come.
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