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Nonito Donaire's Biography

Most commonly known to many as: Nonito Donaire
Birth Name: Nonito Donaire Jr

Character Information
Alias: The Filipino Flash
Born: November 16, 1982
Birthplace: Talibon, Bohol, Philippines
Nationality: Filipino
Hometown: San Leandro, California, United States

Boxing Record: 34 wins - 22 of which by knockouts
3 losses - 1 by Knockout and 2 by Unanimous Decision (UD)
0 draw
0 No Contest (NC)
Total fights = 37 - total rounds boxed = 216
Knockout Wins % = 59.46%
Knockout Loss % = 2.7%
Winning % = 91.89%
Losing % = 8.11%
Draw % = 0%
No Contest % = 0%
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 5½″ / 166cm
Reach: 68″ / 173cm

Trainers: Nonito Donaire Sr. (former)
Jonathan Peñalosa
Roberto Garcia

Manager: Cameron Dunkin

Total Titles Held (regional, minor and world) = 13
  • WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight Title (2002-09-01)
  • NABF Super Flyweight Title (2006-01-20)
  • IBF Super Flyweight Title (2007-07-07)
  • IBO Super Flyweight Title (2007-07-07)
  • Interim WBA Super Flyweight title (2009-08-15)
  • WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight Title (2010-12-04)
  • WBC Bantamweight Title (2011-02-19)
  • WBO Bantamweight Title (2011-02-19)
  • WBO Super Bantamweight Title (2012-02-04)
  • IBF Super Bantamweight Title (2012-07-07)
  • The Ring Magazine Super Bantamweight Title (2012-10-13)
  • WBC Diamond Super Bantamweight Title (2012-10-13)
  • NABF Super Bantamweight Title (2015-03-28)

Total Weight Division Titles = 4
  • 112lbs, 50.8kg - Flyweight
  • 115lbs, 52.16kg - Super Flyweight, also known as Junior Bantamweight
  • 118lbs, 53.52kg - Bantamweight
  • 122lbs, 55.34kg - Super Bantamweight, also known as Junior Featherweight

Nonito Donaire's Biography Contents

»Name And Full Name
»Character Information
»Boxing Record
»Total Titles Held
»Total Weight Division Titles
»Amateur Career
»Professional Career
»Other Stuffs
»Awards And Recognitions
»Related Topics
»Other Topics

Nonito Donaire, Jr. was born on November 16, 1982 in Talibon, Bohol and grew up in General Santos City, South Cotabato. It was in General Santos that Donaire would go to the same school as boxing icon eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao.  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, Los Angeles, California.
     During their younger years, Donaire and his older brother Glenn would spar, with the younger brother being beaten often. As a kid, Donaire watched videos of his hero Alexis Argüello, using them to learn how to throw his powerful left hook.  While in San Lorenzo High School in San Lorenzo, California the brothers won an assortment of regional and district amateur boxing championships.

Amateur Career
  • Amateur Record: 68-8
  • 1998 National Silver Gloves Champion at 90 pounds
  • 1999 National Junior Olympics Light Flyweight Champion
    • Defeated Manuel Perez PTS (5-0)
    • Defeated Dat Nguyen Walkover
    • Defeated James Kirkland PTS (3-2)
  • Quarter-Finalist in 1999 National Golden Gloves at light flyweight
  • 1999 International Junior Olympics Light Flyweight Champion
    • Defeated Miguel Lopez (Mexico) PTS (6-0)
    • Defeated Isidro Granados (Mexico) PTS (7-6)
  • 2000 U.S National Light Flyweight Champion
    • Defeated Raul Martinez PTS (22-8)
    • Defeated Robert Ceron RSC-4
    • Defeated Karoz Norman RSC-3
    • Defeated Aaron Todd Walkover
  • Competed in the 2000 US Olympic Trials as a light flyweight. Results were:
    • Defeated Ron Siler PTS (19-7)
    • Defeated Bradley Martinez PTS (16-3)
    • Lost to Brian Viloria PTS (6-8). Viloria also defeated Nonito's brother Glenn in the semifinals.
    • Lost to Karoz Norman Walkover (Finals of Challengers' Bracket)

Professional Boxing Career
     Donaire turned pro in 2001.  Both brothers (Nonito and Glenn) were frustrated by their failure to get past Viloria, Donaire turned down an offer for a boxing scholarship at Northern Michigan University to turn professional with his brother in 2001. They signed up with promoter Jackie Kallen, who paid them a monthly salary of $1,500 each.
     After four pro fights, where Nonito lost his second, Donaire with brother 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.
     Donaire has been trained by the Peñalosa brothers (Gerry, Dodie Boy and Jonathan, they are a known Filipino boxers and trainers in the Philippines) since the training camp for the match against Raul 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.  Donaire won by a TKO (Technical Knock Out) in the 4th round.

Other Stuffs
     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."
     On January 22, 2008, Donaire proposed on camera to Rachel Marcial, a Filipino-American USA National Collegiate and Military Taekwondo Champion. They were married on August 8, 2008 in a private ceremony in Carmel, California, with all their close relatives.
     Two days after the win over Rafael Concepcion (which held on August 15, 2009), he arrived to a rousing welcome in Manila, where Mayor Alfredo Lim feted him in a motorcade. He also had TV guest appearances and joined the third season of Celebrity Duets episodes on GMA 7 (a Filipino channel).
Donaire is also featured in the videogame Fight Night Round 4.  His cousin, Richard Donaire, is also a professional boxer.

Awards And Recognitions
  • 2007 Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Sportsman of the Year
  • 2007 The Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year (in Round 5 against Vic Darchinyan)
  • 2007 The Ring Magazine Upset of the Year (5th Round Knockout against Vic Darchinyan)
  • 2007 World Boxing Hall of Fame Most Outstanding Boxer of the Year
  • 2009 Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial Boxer of the Year
  • 2010 Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial Boxer of the Year
  • 2011 ESPN Knockout of the Year
  • 2011 Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial Boxer of the Year
  • 2011 Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Sportsman of the Year
  • 2011 Sports Illustrated Knockout of the Year
  • 2011 The Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year (in Round 2 against Fernando Montiel)
  • 2012 Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year
  • 2012 ESPN Fighter of the Year
  • 2012 Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Sportsman of the Year
  • 2012 Sports Illustrated Fighter of the Year
  • 2012 The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
  • 2012 Yahoo! Sports Fighter of the Year