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WBO Honors Both Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

The World Boxing Organization headed by its re-elected president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has honored two great Filipino boxers on the first day of its 25th Annual Convention in Florida.

The WBO president confirmed his statement to BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard prior to the super bantamweight/junior featherweight title fight between Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Japan’s WBC champion emeritus in Carson City, California, that Donaire would be named “Fighter of the Year.”

Valcarcel also announced that Manny Pacquiuao has been given the accolade of “Fighter of the Decade” even though he was robbed of the decision in his WBO welterweight title defense against Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley in his last fight.

Pacquiao, an  eight-division world champion had been named “Fighter of the Decade” by the World Boxing Council last year.

At the suggestion of WBO Asia Pacific vice president Leon Panoncillo, Pacquiao’s fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez will be for “WBO Champion if the Decade.”|

In welcoming the suggestion Valcarcel said “It will be part of the advertising and will give the WBO a boost” adding that “both fighters are allies of the WBO.”

Donaire who won the WBO super bantamweight title by beating Wilfredo Vazquez Jr last February in San Antonio, Texas then won the IBF title in convincing fashion from South Africa’s Jeffrey Mathebula before scoring a 9th round TKO over Japanese southpaw Toshiaki Nishioka last October 13 at the Home Depot Center in Carson City, California.

Donaire had earlier won the WBO/WBC bantamweight title with a  spectacular 2nd round demolition of Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel at the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel m& Casino and then retained his title in a twelve round shutout decision over two-division champion Omar Andres Narvaez of Argentina at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden.

Pacquiao is tied with undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr in the No.2 spot in Ring Magazine’s pound for pound list while Donaire is at No. 5.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Weebler I on 10-24-2012

[QUOTE=richardt;12635866]No, close fights are not robberies. Any of the Pac/JMM fights could have been draws or go either way.[/QUOTE] Not really the last one imo, there was a significant uproar over that one.

Comment by richardt on 10-24-2012

[QUOTE=CHOWWOKKA;12633858]You are right, but you are forgetting that the family stole the jewelry as well. They stole it from their neighbor named JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZZZ[/QUOTE]No, close fights are not robberies. Any of the Pac/JMM fights could have been draws or…

Comment by CHOWWOKKA on 10-24-2012

[QUOTE=richardt;12633730]Thats like telling a family who had their jewelry stolen by a thief that the jewelry doesn't belong to them.[/QUOTE] You are right, but you are forgetting that the family stole the jewelry as well. They stole it from their…

Comment by ddangerous on 10-24-2012

[QUOTE=JDezi4;12633626]So unprofessional for Ronnie to say that he was "robbed" by Bradley... Even if its true, a professional reporter should say something more along the lines of "a controversial loss" adding "most feel Pacquiao deserved the decision" Calling it a…

Comment by richardt on 10-24-2012

[QUOTE=Fetta;12633614]Someone should tell the WBO that Pac is no longer champ[/QUOTE]Thats like telling a family who had their jewelry stolen by a thief that the jewelry doesn't belong to them.

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