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Michael Rosenthal takes a look back at Terence Crawford's epic win over Errol Spence Jr. last Saturday and the entire Pay-Per-View card.
The three-division titlist wins an unprecedented second undisputed crown, this time at welterweight, with a masterful stoppage win over the gutty Errol Spence Jr. Saturday night on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View.
Nonito Donaire Fights
Loss vs Alexandro Santiago 27-3-5
Jul 29, 2023 • T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Nonito Donaire LOSES to Alexandro Santiago by UD in Round 12 of 12
LOSS vs Naoya Inoue 22-0-0
Jun 07, 2022 • Super Arena, Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Naoya Inoue WINS against Nonito Donaire by TKO in Round 2 of 12
Win vs Reymart Gaballo 23-0-0
Dec 11, 2021 • Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California
Nonito Donaire WINS against Reymart Gaballo by KO in Round 4 of 12
WIN vs Nordine Oubaali 17-1-0
May 29, 2021 • Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California
Nordine Oubaali LOSES to Nonito Donaire by KO in Round 4 of 12
Loss vs Naoya Inoue 18-0-0
Nov 07, 2019 • Super Arena, Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Nonito Donaire LOSES to Naoya Inoue by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Stephon Young 18-1-3
Apr 27, 2019 • Cajun Dome, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Stephon Young by KO in Round 6 of 12
WIN vs Ryan Burnett 19-0-0
Nov 03, 2018 • The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Ryan Burnett LOSES to Nonito Donaire by RTD in Round 4 of 12
Win vs Ruben Garcia Hernandez 22-2-1
Sep 23, 2017 • Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Ruben Garcia Hernandez by UD in Round 10 of 10
Loss vs Jessie Magdaleno 23-0-0
Nov 05, 2016 • Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Nonito Donaire LOSES to Jessie Magdaleno by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Zsolt Bedak 25-1-0
Apr 23, 2016 • Cebu City Sports Complex, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Nonito Donaire WINS against Zsolt Bedak by TKO in Round 3 of 12
Win vs Cesar Juarez 17-3-0
Dec 11, 2015 • Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Nonito Donaire WINS against Cesar Juarez by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Anthony Settoul 20-3-0
Jul 18, 2015 • Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China
Nonito Donaire WINS against Anthony Settoul by TKO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs William Prado 22-4-1
Mar 28, 2015 • Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Nonito Donaire WINS against William Prado by TKO in Round 2 of 12
Loss vs Nicholas Walters 24-0-0
Oct 18, 2014 • StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA
Nonito Donaire LOSES to Nicholas Walters by TKO in Round 6 of 12
WIN vs Simpiwe Vetyeka 26-2-0
May 31, 2014 • Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China
Simpiwe Vetyeka LOSES to Nonito Donaire by TD in Round 5 of 12
Win vs Vic Darchinyan 39-5-1
Nov 09, 2013 • American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Vic Darchinyan by TKO in Round 9 of 10
Loss vs Guillermo Rigondiaux 22-3-0
Apr 13, 2013 • Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York, USA
Nonito Donaire LOSES to Guillermo Rigondiaux by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Jorge Arce 61-6-2
Dec 15, 2012 • Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Jorge Arce by KO in Round 3 of 12
Win vs Toshiaki Nishioka 39-4-3
Oct 13, 2012 • Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Toshiaki Nishioka by TKO in Round 9 of 12
Win vs Jeffrey Mathebula 26-3-2
Jul 07, 2012 • Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Jeffrey Mathebula by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Wilfredo Vazquez Jr 21-1-1
Feb 04, 2012 • Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr by SD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Omar Andres Narvaez 35-0-2
Oct 22, 2011 • Madison Square Garden WaMu Theater, New York, New York, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Omar Andres Narvaez by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Fernando Montiel 54-6-2
Feb 19, 2011 • Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Fernando Montiel by TKO in Round 2 of 12
Win vs Volodymyr Sydorenko 22-2-2
Dec 04, 2010 • Honda Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Volodymyr Sydorenko by KO in Round 4 of 12
Win vs Hernan Marquez 27-1-0
Jul 10, 2010 • Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Nonito Donaire WINS against Hernan Marquez by TKO in Round 8 of 12
Win vs Manuel Vargas 27-4-1
Feb 13, 2010 • Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Manuel Vargas by KO in Round 3 of 12
Win vs Rafael Concepcion 13-3-1
Aug 15, 2009 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Rafael Concepcion by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Raul Martinez 24-0-0
Apr 19, 2009 • Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Nonito Donaire WINS against Raul Martinez by TKO in Round 4 of 12
Win vs Moruti Mthalane 23-1-0
Nov 01, 2008 • Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Moruti Mthalane by TKO in Round 6 of 12
Win vs Luis Maldonado 35-2-1
Dec 01, 2007 • Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Luis Maldonado by TKO in Round 8 of 12
WIN vs Vic Darchinyan 28-0-0
Jul 07, 2007 • Harbour Yard Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Vic Darchinyan LOSES to Nonito Donaire by TKO in Round 5 of 12
Win vs Kevin Hudgins 5-9-0
May 12, 2007 • Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Kevin Hudgins by TKO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Oscar Andrade 35-27-1
Oct 07, 2006 • Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Oscar Andrade by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Jose Luis Cardenas 5-6-1
Jul 29, 2006 • Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Jose Luis Cardenas by TKO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Kahren Harutyunyan 13-2-3
Jan 20, 2006 • Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Kahren Harutyunyan by SD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Ilido Julio 35-6-1
Nov 05, 2005 • Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Ilido Julio by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Daniel Gonzalez 4-1-0
Oct 01, 2005 • Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Daniel Gonzalez by KO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Larry Olvera 5-4-2
Jul 02, 2005 • Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Larry Olvera by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Paulino Villalobos 25-28-2
May 13, 2005 • Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Paulino Villalobos by TKO in Round 6 of 8
Win vs Gilberto Bolanos 21-8-1
Nov 12, 2004 • Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Gilberto Bolanos by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Ricardo Barrera 16-4-1
Jun 18, 2004 • Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Ricardo Barrera by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Jorge Lopez 2-6-1
Jun 27, 2003 • Mare Island Sports Center, Vallejo, California, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Jorge Lopez by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Mark Sales 7-16-2
Nov 02, 2002 • Cantada Sports Center, Barangay Bagumbayan , Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Nonito Donaire WINS against Mark Sales by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Khachonsak Pothong 4-5-0
Sep 01, 2002 • University of Guam, Agana, Guam
Nonito Donaire WINS against Khachonsak Pothong by KO in Round 2 of 12
Win vs Noel Alma 0-0-0
May 31, 2002 • Elorde Sports Center, Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Nonito Donaire WINS against Noel Alma by RTD in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Jose Luis Torres 0-4-0
Jul 03, 2001 • Hyatt Regency Hotel, Monterey, California, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Jose Luis Torres by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Saul Santoyo 0-0-0
Jun 08, 2001 • Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, California, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Saul Santoyo by UD in Round 4 of 4
Loss vs Rosendo Sanchez 2-1-0
Mar 10, 2001 • Pacific Sports Center, Vallejo, California, USA
Nonito Donaire LOSES to Rosendo Sanchez by UD in Round 5 of 5
Win vs Jose Lazaro 1-3-1
Feb 22, 2001 • Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, California, USA
Nonito Donaire WINS against Jose Lazaro by KO in Round 1 of 4
Nonito Donaire Bio
Legendary four-division world champion Nonito Donaire has looked rejuvenated in recent performances. The future Hall of Famer from the Philippines is ready to reclaim the 118-pound division and prove that he is still the man.
From Bullied To Boxer
Nonito Donaire is the third born of four children to Nonito Sr., who competed as an amateur boxer in America in the early 1990s. Older brother Glenn became a flyweight and cousin Richard a super flyweight.
Like his countryman, Manny Pacquiao, Donaire lived in General Santos City, South Cotabato until he was six and attended the same school as did Pacquiao.
“I had my share of poverty. I was a weak child. I was always sick,” said Donaire, whose paternal grandfather was born in Hawaii, granting his 11-year-old grandson US citizenship and the ability to join Nonito Sr. in Los Angeles in 1993.
“My father never thought of me fighting. I started fighting because that was something that my family was really into. My first fight, my father trained me for 45 days. At 11 years old, I was getting bullied, always being made fun of. Walking into the ring, I literally pissed in my pants, I was so scared.”
Donaire’s amateur record of 68-8 included winning three U.S. national championships -- the National Silver Gloves (1998), National Junior Olympics (1999) and the National USA Tournament (2000). Donaire also captured the 1999 International Junior Olympics gold medal,
Donaire’s first 17 bouts covered weights ranging from 111 ½ and 119 ¾ pounds, producing a 16-1 mark with nine knockouts heading into 2007.
Donaire debuted in February 2001 at 115 ½ pounds with a first-round knockout of Jose Lazaro. His next three bouts were a four-round unanimous decision loss to Rosendo Sanchez (March), a four-round unanimous decision over Saul Santoyo (June) and a first-round TKO of Jose Luis Torres (July).
“The Filipino Flash” won thrice more in 2002: second-round knockouts of Noel Alma (May) and Khachosak Pothong (September) as well as a four-round unanimous decision over Mark Sales (November). In 2003 there was a first-round stoppage of Jorge Lopez (June), and two more wins in 2004 by fourth-round TKO and eight-round unanimous decision over Ricardo Barrera (June) and Gilberto Bolanos (November), respectively.
Donaire’s 2005 featured knockouts of Paulino Villalobos (May) and Daniel Gonzalez (October) in the sixth and first rounds as well as six- and eight-round unanimous decisions over Larry Olvera (July) and Llido Julio (November).
A natural right-hander with the ability to fight out of the southpaw stance, Donaire fought thrice more in 2006 with 10-round split- and 12-round unanimous decisions over Kahren Harutyunyan (January) and Oscar Andrade (October) flanking a second-round stoppage of Jose Luis Cardenas (July).
A Matador’s Revenge On The Bull
Donaire’s first-round stoppage of journeyman Kevin Hudgins (May 2007) set up a July clash with IBF world flyweight champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan of Australia, who was 28-0 with 22 knockouts. Darchinynan was two bouts removed from a sixth round technical decision over Glenn Donaire and had stopped eight of his previous nine opponents.
Donaire controlled the battle of southpaws. A massive counter left hook in the fifth round flattened Darchinyan. He rose on unsteady legs only to stumble against the ropes. Referee Eddie Claudio waved an end to the bout, crowning a new champion as Donaire earned revenge for his family against a 7-to-1 favorite.
“Nobody believed in me,” said Donaire. “My brother told me he’s not as tough as he thinks he is. I took the bully out of him. This fight wasn’t just for me. It was for my family and the Filipino people, too. I could feel their energy tonight.”
In December 2007, Donaire successfully defended his new title, scoring an eighth-round TKO of former title challenger Luis Maldonado.
In August 2008, Donaire married Filipino-American Rachel prior to his second defense, November’s sixth-round TKO of Moruti Mthalane. In April 2009, Donaire’s third defense was a four-knockdown, fourth-round TKO over Raul Martinez, who was 24-0 (14 KOs) and had previously scored a 68-second stoppage of Victor Proa.
Donaire then rose in weight to win the WBA’s interim 115-pound title by 12-round unanimous decision over Panama’s Rafael Concepcion, setting the stage for another big year.
Donaire Detonates on Montiel
In February 2010, Donaire stopped former champion Manuel Vargas by third-round knockout in a non-title fight.
“The Filipino Flash’s” WBA crown was on the line for the second and final time in July 2010 as he stopped southpaw Hernan Marquez during an eighth-round TKO victory.
That December, Donaire would rise in weight yet again, moving up to 118-pounds and delivering a fourth-round KO of Volodymyr Sodrenko.
That win set up a mega-bout versus WBC/WBO world bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel on February 19, 2011. Montiel, 44-2-2 (34 KOs) was riding an 11-0-1 unbeaten streak that included nine knockouts.
It was supposed to be the toughest fight of Donaire’s career. Instead, it turned into one the finest clips on his long highlight reel. Donaire stopped Montiel for the first time in his career, lowering the boom as a head-swiveling left hook temple shot flattened the Mexican in the second round.
“I predicted this second round knockout,” said Donaire, “I believe that God has a plan. I want to be the undisputed champion in this weight class.”
Donaire made one defense of the WBC/WBO crowns in October 2011, a shutout unanimous decision over reigning 115-pound champion Omar Narvaez.
A Four-Division, Unified Champion
Donaire climbed to 122 pounds to go 4-0 with a pair of knockouts in 2012. His year began with February’s 12-round split-decision over former champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the WBO’s junior featherweight crown – his fourth in as many divisions.
That July, Donaire added the IBF title to his. WBO, winning a 12-round Donaire’s unanimous decision over South African Jeffrey Mathebula.
In October, he registered a ninth-round knockout of former title holder Toshiaki Nishioka.
Donaire closed 2012 with his third and final WBC/WBO title defense, a three-knockdown, third-round stoppage of former champion Jorge Arce in December.
Overcoming a rough patch
Despite scoring a 10th-round knockdown, Donaire lost an April 2013 junior featherweight unification bout by unanimous decision to left-handed WBA counterpart Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux.
November’s 126-pound debut was a return bout with Darchinyan, who led, 78-74, on two cards with the third tied at 74 when Donaire – ailing from a broken right cheek bone – sandwiched a pair of left hooks around a straight right to floor to eventually stop the Armenian via ninth-round TKO.
Donaire’s fifth-round technical decision over Simpiwe Vetyekam in May 2014 featured a fourth-round knockdown, enabling him to dethrone the South African as WBA featherweight title holder and become a five-division champion. The bout ended on a cut over Donaire’s eye that resulted from an accidental clash of heads.
But Donaire was dethroned in his next bout via sixth-round TKO in October, being floored twice by Jamaican slugger Nicholas Walters, who rose to 25-0 (21 KOs) with his fifth straight stoppage.
Climbing the Ladder Again
Donaire returned to 122 pounds to go 4-1 with three knockouts over the course of 2015 and 2016, the former comprising second-round TKOs of William Prado (March) and Anthony Settoul (July) and a unanimous decision over Cesar Juarez (December) for the WBO’s vacant crown.
The ensuing year brought a third-round TKO of Zsolt Bedak (April). But Donaire was dethroned following a unanimous decision loss to southpaw Jessie Magdelano in November.
Donaire rose yet again into the 126-pound division for his next two bouts, one a victory over Ruben Garcia Hernandez in September 2017 and the other a loss to Carl Frampton.
Fighting at 118 for the first time since November 2011, Donaire became the WBA champion in November 2018 as Ryan Burnett was forced to retire on his stool between the fourth and fifth rounds.
Donaire’s first defense was a sixth-round knockout of Stephon Young in April 2019, securing his place in the World Boxing Super Series’ bantamweight finals against Japanese IBF counterpart Naoya Inoue.
Inoue won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Donaire in their November 2019 clash, one of the best that year
But Donaire (40-6, 26 KOs) had proven himself, against Inoue, who was a heavy favorite and considered one of the very best fighters in the world.
“The 20 years of being in boxing can drain your motivation, but I gave him hell, felt unstoppable and was in tremendous shape in my mind, body and spirit," said Donaire. "I have a lot left in power and speed to be an elite fighter and to try to take over the division and the world.”
An Absolute Legend
On May 29, 2021, 14 years after he won his first world title, Donaire became champion once again. The “Filipino Flash” cemented his Hall of Fame credentials with a sensational fourth-round KO win over Nordine Oubaali to capture the WBC World Bantamweight title in a PBC on SHOWTIME main event from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
“The king has returned,” Donaire beamed afterward. “I just love the crowds. All my friends, family, all the boxing fans that came out thank you so much. You guys are wonderful.”
The 38-year-old Donaire (41-6, 27 KOs) is now the oldest world champion ever at 118-pounds. He accomplished it with the left hand that has been the calling card of his career as he dropped Oubaali (17-1, 12 KOs) three times in total.
“Being at this age is not the question, it’s about my performance,” said Donaire. “About my ability to grow. I believe it matters not what your age is, but how mentally strong you are. What I learned from the [Naoya] Inoue fight is that I’m back. I can still compete at this level. The whole time I was not fighting, I was learning. I’m ready for the next one.”
Following a feel-out first round, Donaire went to work in the second, walking Oubaali down and countering with thudding effect. Donaire scored the first knockdown early in the third, dropping Oubaali with his trademark counter left hook. The Frenchman rose on unsteady legs and Donaire pounced, landing more big shots until another left hook floored Oubaali just a split second before the round ended. Again, Oubaali struggled to his feet, dazed yet willing to fight on.
The end came swiftly in the fourth. Donaire expertly maneuvered Oubaali around the ring, pinning him against the ropes where a left uppercut sent Oubaali crumpling to the canvas for a third and final time. Referee Jack Reiss immediately called it off. The official time of the stoppage was 1:52 of the fourth round.
“Three decades of being world champion. Nine-time world champion. That’s amazing,” said Donaire. “I came in here and I felt really good. Today I knew exactly what was going to happen. I knew exactly what I was going to do. I think I was just very focused in the gym. I was very, very focused. I just felt really good coming in and I was grateful to get this opportunity."
Better Than Ever
On December 11, 2021, Donaire defended his WBC 118-pound title for the first time, taking on unbeaten mandatory challenger Reymart Gaballo at Dignity Health Sports Park, live on PBC on SHOWTIME. Donaire looked as good as ever, stopping Gaballo in four rounds.
“I've been in this game for such a long time and I've had so many fights, I didn't think I was going to have to feel him out,” Donaire said. “But he came out differently than I thought he would. He tried to nullify my left hook, but I just had to have no mercy.”
Donaire (42-6, 28 KOs) began going to the body early, mixed in with a lead right. He had the 25-year-old Gaballo (24-1, 20 KOs) backing up. By the third, Gaballo had established a good jab and staggered Donaire back with a right hand with 2:18 left in the round. But Donaire had time to reset, with Gaballo getting cut above the right eye from a clash of heads.
In the fourth, Donaire dropped a right to the body with :25 left in the round, which had Gaballo retreating back to the ropes. Eleven seconds later, Donaire plunged a left into Gaballo, who fell to his right knee to take referee Ray Corona’s count.
Gaballo tried getting up and fell back down again.
“My wife and my dad were telling me to go to the body,” Donaire said. “I had to set it up by bouncing up and down to open up that shot. I was throwing the right hand in the earlier rounds and then he didn't expect the left hook to the body.
“I thought he was going to get up because I know he has a lot of heart, but that was a tremendous punch that landed. I just told him after the fight not to be down. Because he's a great fighter. I had trouble figuring him out and I'm here to help him with anything he needs the rest of his career.”
In June 2022, Donaire would drop another loss to Inoue, this time via second-round TKO in Japan. Then on July 29, 2023, Donaire would lose a spirited 12-round decision to Alexandro Santiago for the vacant WBC bantamweight world title.
“I’m disappointed,” said Donaire. “This is a blessing to do this for a very long time. I feel good still. Congratulations to Alexandro. He deserves it. He is a tough guy.”
At 40-years-old, Donaire had been looking to break his own record as the oldest fighter to ever win a bantamweight world title, but will now regroup as he considers if he’ll continue his illustrious career.
“I love the sport so much,” said Donaire. “We just have to go back to the locker room, talk about it, and see where we go from there. There were just some times there where I didn’t pull the trigger. That was my biggest problem.”