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Nonito Donaire: The Next Manny Pacquiao

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By Gina L. Caliboso

This past Saturday night, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, 26-1, 18 KO’s, knocked out Fernando Montiel, 44-3-2, 34 KO’s, in a stunning 2nd round KO that left the Mexican fighter twitching on the ground.

From Round 1, Donaire established dominance with a beautiful left hook and later followed up with a well-timed left hook yet again in the 2nd round. I was expecting the fight to extend into the later rounds but the KO just further established Donaire’s position as the number one ranked bantamweight in the entire division.

As the undisputed WBC and WBO Bantamweight champ, Donaire’s achievement now puts just as much pressure on him as well as his fellow bantamweight competitors.

First, Donaire occupies an interesting position in boxing right now. Donaire will no doubt be mentioned as the premier Filipino fighter to pick up right where Pacquiao finishes should he decide to retire after the Mosley bout.

Even as Pacquiao bouts in the last two years have hardly been competitive with the Filipino champ battering his opponents, Donaire should smartly stay within the bantamweights. As I’ve said before, Pacquiao, having continued success moving up in weight is definitely the exception. There will be an expectation for Donaire to always, always win, but on his current path, he is truly demonstrating that he not only wins, but he defeats with his opponent with little doubt as to his skill and athleticism.

One of the more difficult positions for any boxer is to remain at the top of his division. As Donaire is now the #1 ranked bantamweight as well as the titleholder for both the…

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