Monday, February 21, 2011

May the Force be with the Filipino Flash!

He may not be as popular (yet) as Manny Pacquiao globally, but Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire will have his biggest shot at fame when he faces Mexican legend and WBC/WBO Bantamweight champion Fernando "Cochulito" Montiel later at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort in Las Vegas.

Since upsetting then undefeated Vic Darchinyan via crushing  KO in 2007, Donaire has racked up seven straight dominating wins, and has been ranked number 5 in Ring Magazine's best pound-for-pound boxers. Intelligent, articulate in English, Tagalog and Bisaya, highly skilled and entertaining inside the ring, with a bombshell wife to boot, what has prevented Donaire from achieving Pacquiao-esque status was the lack of quality fighters in his weight class (then flyweight).

Donaire's decision to move up in weight now gives him more chances to book big money fights. And his match with Montiel is his ticket to boxing superstardom. Montiel is by far the most dangerous opponent Donaire will face. Although the Filipino Flash has the height and reach advantage, he can never be complacent and underestimate the power of Montiel.

Let us pray for a big win by Nonito!


Karla said...

I am really happy that Filipinos have found a niche in boxing. :) However, I do hope for a safe fight in every boxing round as sometimes accidents can happen as what happened to a Filipino boxer I saw in a documentary. :(

Go Donaire! I am also praying that you'll win this fight and of course, more boxing fights in the future! :)

jedi_randy said...

Prayers do work, it's a sweet devastating win for the Filipino Flash!

You're right, we celebrate every Pinoy boxer's victory, but for every Pacquiao and Donaire, there are hundreds of aspiring boxers who dream of a better life by way of the ring, but who never get past provincial or even barangay competitions. Some even get paralyzed for life, or worse, lose their lives...

Was that documentary about Z Gorres? or Pretty Boy Lucas? Both of them suffered brain damage during their fights. That would be the other side of boxing, a sad and lonely reality, that we hope would never befall Pacquiao, Donaire or any boxer for that matter.

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