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Donaire Arrives in The Philippines To a Warm Welcome

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

WBO and Ring Magazine super  bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire arrived at the Centennial Terminal of the Ninoy  Aquino International Airport this morning and received a warm welcome from Immigration and Customs officials, airport personnel, passengers and fans.

ABS-CBN’s TJ Manotoc teased Donaire about why his wife Rachel was not with him as the four division world champion fueled the speculation that she may be pregnant when he said “the doctor asked her to rest up and get ready for the holidays.”

Donaire said he came home even though he is without Rachel because “I wanted to say hi to everybody.” Asked whether his wife was pregnant. Donaire replied “we’re hoping but right now its more of relaxing since we haven’t been to our Las Vegas home its always in the hotel and training camps this year” because of his four title fights.

Donaire said “first and foremost I wish to thank all of you because without you I won’t have an inspiration so I wanted to give you all something to smile about and something to be proud of. I did all I could to get that knockout (against Jorge “Travieso” Arce) so everybody can have a good Christmas.”

He admitted that he felt some pressure but I was determined to knock Arce out because the fans wanted it and wanted to get excited so I did my best when I was in the ring.”

The four division champion who was interviewed “live” over ABS-CBN which telecast the fight last Sunday over Channel 2 and The Filipino Channel in the Middle East and Australia said that “at the start my body felt weak but then when my body got hot and I warmed up my strategy started to come out and that’s when I did what I had to do.”

He said while Arce also connected “I  was the stronger puncher  but I told myself I cant be reckless so I had to set him up with the jab and then the left hook and the straight.”

Told that he is a candidate  for “Fighter of the Year” Donaire  said “for me I don’t think about it but just do what I can do inside the ring but if that is the opinion of the people and sportswriters I am honored.”

HBO Sports commentator Jim Lampley on his well-regarded boxing show “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley” last December 15 named Donaire as “Fighter of the Year” for his participation in the Voluntary Anti – Association or VADA’s rigorous drug testing program all year round while Dr. Margaret Goodman, who formerly worked with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, as “Person of the Year in Boxing” for her fine work in trying to clean up the sport.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chargerhemi06 on 12-19-2012

[QUOTE=LADIV;12832483]nobody said anything about him dieing,ima ask you something and be honest now.do you think manny would have won all those titles without the catch weights...and this is about nonito not manny[/QUOTE] As far as im concerned there was only…

Comment by LADIV on 12-18-2012

[QUOTE=chargerhemi06;12832452]so are you saying Manny's titles that he won, all the wars and fights he put up that made everyone jump out of there seat and the devastating knock outs he delivered before 2009 mean nothing now? Are you going…

Comment by theocdog on 12-18-2012

Haha Ronnie has made the switch to the next filipino boxer. :bottle: It took him a whole week too. After crying about the pacquiao loss he has found his new knight in shinning armor. The WBO and Ring Magazine super…

Comment by chargerhemi06 on 12-18-2012

[QUOTE=LADIV;12832416]give him time and he will get there,dont for get manny wasn't successful either that is until all the catch weight fights came around. and so what if he went to the philippines and bragged about his victory,he accomplished what…

Comment by LADIV on 12-18-2012

[QUOTE=chargerhemi06;12832377]nonito maybe the new top flip boxer now but he will never be as successful as Manny. In my opinion I think its a slap in the face to Manny for nonito to come to the Philippines to brag about…

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