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Nonito Donaire
Real name Nonito Donaire, Jr.
Nickname(s) The Filipino Flash
Rated at Super Flyweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality PhilippinesUnited States Filipino-American
Birth date November 16, 1982 (1982-11-16) (age 27)
Birth place Talibon, Bohol, Philippines
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 24
Wins 23
Wins by KO 15
Losses 1
Draws 0

Nonito Donaire, Jr. (born on November 16, 1982), is a Filipino-American professional boxer. He was born in Talibon, Bohol, raised in General Santos City in the Philippines, and moved to the United States at the age of ten.

He is currently the WBA interim World Super Flyweight champion, and is rated by The Ring as the number 6 pound-for-pound best boxer in the world.

He is also the former IBF and IBO Flyweight champion of the world.


Personal life

Nonito Jr. was born in Talibon, Bohol and grew up in General Santos City. It was in General Santos that Donaire would go to the same school as boxing icon seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.[1] His father Nonito Sr., a second year high school dropout, was in the Philippine Army for eight years and fought as an amateur before trying his luck alone in the US in 1990. By 1993, Nonito Jr. had joined the elder Nonito in Van Nuys, California.

During their younger years, Nonito Jr. and his brother Glenn would spar, with the younger brother being beaten often. As a kid, Nonito Jr. watched videos of his hero Alexis Argüello, using them to learn how to throw his powerful left hook[1]. While in San Lorenzo High School in San Lorenzo, California, the brothers won an assortment of regional and district amateur boxing championships[2].

He is married by Taekwondo champion Rachelle Ann Ong.

Amateur career

Nonito won three national amateur championships. The National Silver Gloves in 1998, National Junior Olympics in 1999, and the National USA Tournament in 2000. Donaire also won the International Junior Olympics in 1999.[3]

Nonito Donaire and Glenn reached the final stages of the lightflyweight US Olympic trials in 2000 and were eliminated by the same fighter, fellow Filipino-American Brian Viloria, who eventually became former WBC world light flyweight champion.[citation needed]

Nonito Donaire's amateur record was 68-8 with 5 TKOs.[citation needed]

Professional career

Exasperated by their failure to get past Viloria, Nonito Jr. turned down an offer for a boxing scholarship at Northern Michigan University to turn professional with his brother in 2001. They signed up with female promoter Jackie Kallen, who paid the boys a monthly salary of $1,500 each.

After four pro fights, where he lost his second, Nonito Jr. with Glenn had broken off with Kallen and returned to Manila in 2001 with their father. Initially mulling to restart their careers in the Philippines, they decided to go back to the better facilities in San Leandro, where their father felt there were less distractions[2].


Early Years at Flyweight

Nonito Donaire won his first regional title by defeating Kaichon Sor Vorapin for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific flyweight title in Guam on 9 September 2002. Donaire knocked out the future world title challenger in the second round.

Super Flyweight

Donaire won his second regional title, the NABF super flyweight title, by defeating Kahren Harutyunyan on Shobox by split decision on 20 January 2006. The scores were 97-92 twice for Donaire and 95-94 for Harutyunan.[4]

October 7, 2006, Donaire added the NABO super flyweight title and successfully defended it against veteran Oscar Andrade by the scores of 118-109 and 116-112 twice. His older brother, Glenn Donaire, fought and lost to Vic Darchinyan on the same night.

Return to Flyweight

A 7-1 underdog, Donaire won the IBF and IBO World Flyweight Title with a 5th round knockout of the then-undefeated Vic Darchinyan on July 7, 2007.[5] This victory was awarded Ring Magazine's "Knockout of the Year" and "Upset of the Year" on December 23, 2007.[6][7][8]

On December 1, 2007, Donaire defended his title against Luis Maldonado of Mexico by technical knockout in the 8th round in his first title defense to keep his IBF and IBO flyweight crown. Donaire stated: "I guess my validation was today but I didn't feel my best; I felt sluggish. I didn't have my legs. I don't know what the problem was. I couldn't move well so I tried to rely on my upper body movement."[9]

In late June 2008, Donaire severed ties with promoter Gary Shaw because the number of fights had not matched the number stated in the contract and Shaw had failed to properly disclose revenue from previous fights as stated under the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act.[10] Days after leaving Gary Shaw Productions, he would sign with Top Rank Boxing.[11]

Donaire, on November 2, 2008, retained his IBF and IBO world flyweight title via a 6th-round (1:31) technical knockout of Moruti Mthalane.[12][13][14]

On April 19, 2009, Donaire faced flyweight Raul Martinez for his third defense of his IBF and IBO World Flyweight title at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines. Donaire scored the TKO after 2:42 into the 4th round.[15] Because of his victory over Martinez, Donaire was included for the first time in the Ring Magazine pound for pound rankings, in the 7th spot.[16]

Other Events

On July 31, 2007, Donaire met Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo along with Florante Condes, who won the IBF minimumweight title on the same weekend as Donaire. Donaire said the experience was "an overwhelming feeling. It was indescribable. The moment I walked up the stairs and she was up there and when I looked it was a moment when I couldn’t even look at her face. It was a great honor."[17]

On February 16, 2008, in Manila, Philippines, Donaire received the Philippine Sports Award for 2007 Athlete of the Year, alongside amateur swimmer Miguel Molina.

Return to Super Flyweight

The IBF ordered a mandatory rematch between Donaire and previous challenger Moruti Mthalane by August 1, 2009. Their first encounter had ended in a TKO victory for Donaire after the ringside doctor stopped the fight due to a cut sustained by Mthalane.[18] However, Donaire's agent has expressed interest in moving up to the junior bantamweight/super flyweight division at 115 pounds.[19] Initially, Donaire was set to face Hugo Cazares for the WBA interim World Super Flyweight title on August 15, 2009.[20] However, talks for the bout had fell through. Rafael Concepción of Panama then replaced Cazares as Donaire's opponent for that bout, which headlined the card titled "Pinoy Power 2".[21] Because Concepcion failed to weigh within the super flyweight limit (115 lbs.), only Donaire, who made weight successfully, can win the title.[22] Donaire won the bout via unanimous decision.

On February 13, 2010, Donaire faced minimumweight boxer Manuel "Chango" Vargas for his first defense of the interim WBA World super flyweight title at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada. The latter was only a late replacement to Gerson Guerrero, who didn't pass eye examinations and was forced to pull out. The bout headlined the card titled "Pinoy Power 3". Donaire won the fight via a 3rd-round (1:33) knockout and successfully retained his title....

After the fight Donaire expressed his interest in fighting Vic Darchinyan, for a rematch, or Fernando Montiel, both boxing champions, as he plans to move up to the bantamweight division. When asked upon his future, "The Filipino Flash" said: "Anyone. I'm just here waiting. I'm a fighter, I'm just waiting for my next opponent".[23]

Professional boxing record

23 Wins (15 knockouts, 8 decisions), 1 Loss (1 by decision) [2]
Res. Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win Mexico Manuel Vargas KO 3 (12) 2010-02-13 Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, United States Retained WBA interim World Super Flyweight Title.
Win Panama Rafael Concepcion UD 12 (12) 2009-08-15 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, United States Won WBA interim World Super Flyweight Title.
Win United States Raul Martinez TKO 4 (12) 2009-04-19 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained IBF and IBO World Flyweight Title.
Win South Africa Moruti Mthalane TKO 6 (12) 2008-11-01 Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, United States Retained IBF and IBO World Flyweight Title.
Win Mexico Luis Maldonado TKO 8 (12) 2007-12-01 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, United States Retained IBF and IBO World Flyweight Title.
Win Armenia Vic Darchinyan TKO 5 (12) 2007-07-07 Harbour Yard Arena, Bridgeport, United States Won IBF and IBO World Flyweight Title.
Win United States Kevin Hudgins TKO 1 (8) 2007-05-12 Reno Events Center, Reno, United States
Win Mexico Oscar Andrade UD 12 (12) 2006-10-07 Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, United States Retained NABF Super Flyweight Title.
Win Mexico Jose Luis Cardenas TKO 2 (8) 2006-07-29 Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, United States
Win Armenia Kahren Harutyunyan SD 10 (10) 2006-01-20 Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, United States Won NABF Super Flyweight Title.
Win Colombia Ilido Julio UD 8 (8) 2005-11-05 Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, United States
Win Mexico Daniel Gonzalez KO 1 (8) 2005-10-01 Reno Events Center, Reno, United States
Win United States Larry Olvera UD 6 (6) 2005-07-02 Reno Events Center, Reno, United States
Win Mexico Paulino Villalobos TKO 6 (8) 2005-05-13 Civic Arena, San Jose, United States
Win Mexico Gilberto Bolanos UD 8 (8) 2004-11-12 Quiet Cannon, Montebello, United States
Win Mexico Ricardo Barrera TKO 4 (6) 2004-06-18 Quiet Cannon, Montebello, United States
Win Mexico Jorge Lopez TKO 1 (6) 2003-06-27 Mare Island Sports Center, Vallejo, United States
Win Philippines Mark Sales TKO 5 (12) 2002-11-02 Joe Cantada Boxing Arena, Taguig City, Philippines
Win Thailand Kaichon Sor Vorapin KO 2 (12) 2002-09-01 University of Guam, Agana, Guam Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight Title.
Win Philippines Noel Alma KO 1 (?) 2002-05-31 Elorde Sports Complex, Parañaque City, Philippines
Win Mexico Jose Luis Cardenas TKO 1 (4) 2001-07-03 Hyatt Regency Hotel, Monterey, United States
Win United States Saul Santoyo UD 4 (4) 2001-06-08 Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, United States
Loss United States Rosendo Sanchez UD 5 (5) 2001-03-10 Pacific Sports Center, Vallejo, United States
Win Mexico Jose Lazaro KO 1 (4) 2001-02-22 Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, United States


Amateur career


  • 1998 National Silver Gloves Champion
  • 1999 National Jr. Olympics Champion
  • 2000 National USA Tournament Champion


  • 1999 International Jr. Olympics Champion

Professional career

Major World Title(s):

  • IBF World Flyweight Title (2007-07-07 - def. Vic Darchinyan by KO in Rd. 5)
  • WBA interim World Super Flyweight Title (2009-08-14 - def. Rafael Conception by UD in Rd. 12)

Minor World Title(s):

  • IBO World Flyweight Title (2007-07-07 - def. Vic Darchinyan by KO in Rd. 5)

Regional Title(s):

  • WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight Title (2002-09-01 - def. Kaichon Sor Vorapin by KO in Rd. 2)
  • NABF Super Flyweight Title (2006-01-20 - def. Kahren Harutyunyan by UD in Rd. 12)

Other info

On January 22, 2008, Donaire proposed on camera to Rachel Marcial, a Filipino-American USA National Collegiate and Military Taekwondo Champion[24][25]. They were married on August 8, 2008 in a private ceremony in Carmel, California, with all their close relatives.[26].

Nonito Jr. has been trained by the Peñalosa brothers (Gerry, Dodie Boy and Jonathan) since the training camp for the match against Martinez in April 2009. For the Concepcion match, Donaire added conditioning coach Mike Bazzel to supplement Dodie Boy and Jonathan Peñalosa in their camp at the Undisputed Gym in San Carlos, a Bay Area suburb near San Mateo.

Two days after the win over Concepcion, he arrived to a rousing welcome in Manila, where he was feted in a motorcade by Mayor Alfredo Lim. He also had TV guest appearances and joined the third season of Celebrity Duets episodes on GMA 7[2].

Donaire is also featured in the videogame Fight Night Round 4.[27] His cousin, Richard Donaire, is also a professional boxer.[28]


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^ NABF October 2006 Fighter of the Month
  4. ^, Donaire Outpoints Harutyunyan
  5. ^ The Boxing Times, Donaire Shocks Darchinyan
  6. ^ Manila Bulletin - IBF champ coming to Manila soon
  7. ^, Donaire reaps twin awards from Ring Mag
  8. ^, “Fighting Words” – Freewheeling Fighting Awards, Year Two
  10. ^ - Flyweight titlist Donaire, junior middleweight Kirkland fire promoter
  11. ^, Nonito signs with Top Rank
  13. ^, Donaire stops Mthalane to keep IBF flyweight title
  14. ^ - Donaire Wins in Six Impressive Rounds!
  15. ^ - Donaire TKOs Martinez in fourth
  16. ^ Nonito Donaire in The Ring Magazine pound for pound rankings -
  18. ^
  19. ^ - Flyweight titlist Donaire, junior middleweight Kirkland fire promoter
  20. ^ - Donaire vs. Cazares Appears To Be On For WBA Title
  21. ^ - Rafael Concepcion subbed in as Aug. 15 opponent for Nonito Donaire
  22. ^ Dennis Guillermo (August 14, 2009). "Rafael Concepcion does not make weight, Donaire still promises to knock him out". Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  23. ^ Dennis Datu (February 19, 2010). "Donaire eyes Darchinyan or Montiel for next fight". Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  24. ^ [1]
  25. ^ Nonito Donaire Engaged; Set to Defend Title in Dubai
  26. ^ Nonito Donaire marries Rachel Marcial today -
  27. ^ Dennis Guillermo (June 24, 2009). "Fight Night 4 Preview: Donaire vs. Arce". Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  28. ^ Benjie Varella (August 25, 2009). "Lumacad: Redemption Starts With A Donaire". East Side Boxing. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 

25.^ Nonito Donaire defeats Rafael Conception to win the WBA title

External links

Preceded by
Vic Darchinyan
IBF Flyweight Champion
July 7, 2007 – July 1, 2009
Title next held by
Moruti Mthalane
IBO Flyweight Champion
July 7, 2007 – 2009
Title next held by
César Seda, Jr.
Title last held by
Jorge Arce
WBA Super Flyweight Champion
Interim Title

August 15, 2009 – Present


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