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!