Nietes Gets The Spotlight With Pacquiao at Elorde Awards

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

WBO Minimum Weight World Champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes shared the spotlight with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao at the 11th Annual Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Awards and “Banquet of Champions”at the Sofitel Hotel in Manila on Friday.

Nietes was chosen to receive the “Boxer of the Year” award alongside WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and female world champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton.

However, both Donaire who according to his mother-in-law flew back to San Francisco to begin training for a planned May 28 title fight possibly against WBA champion Anselmo Moreno was a no show as well as Julaton who, also like Donaire,  grew up in the US and lives in California.

Donaire was cited for winning the bantamweight title with a spectacular 2nd round knockout of Mexican veteran Fernando “KO-Chulito” Montiel last February 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas telecast by ABS-CBN .

The attractive 30 year old Julaton was cited for winning the WBO super bantamweight female title on June 30, 2010 with a split decision over Maria Elena Villalobos and successfully defending her title with a unanimous ten round decision over tough Franchesca Alcanter last February 25 in a fight telecast by ABC 5. 

Nietes was honoured by being requested to share the presidential table with Pacquiao and wife Jinkee and Ms. Laura Elorde, widow of the late world junior lightweight champion “Flash” Elorde who reigned for almost seven-and-a-half years.

It was a good night for Nietes’ home, ALA Promotions,  as the Philippines premier promotions company’s President/CEO Michael Aldeguer won the “Promoter of the Year” award.

ALA Promotions fighters Milan “El Metodico” Melindo, Rocky Fuentes, Roli Gasca, Jason Pagara and AJ “Bazooka” Banal were given awards as well.

Also present during the event was Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista who was a special guest  together with now retired ALA standout Z “The Dream” Gorres with wife Datches whose remarkable comeback from brain surgery is regarded as a minor miracle.

Pacquiao who helped Gorres financially when he underwent surgery in Las Vegas and returned home,   approached the classy fighter and wished him all the best.

Newly signed ALA Promotions fighters Rommel Asenjo, Edrin Dapudong and KO sensation Lorenzo Villanueva of former North Cotabato governor Manny Pinol’s Braveheart stable also received awards bringing ALA’s trophy haul to 11 for the evening.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bajingo on 03-27-2011

Nice to see that Gorres appears to be doing OK.

Comment by puga on 03-27-2011

its about time nietes gets a lil spotlight....5 title defenses , not bad for the lil champion!

Comment by flint on 03-27-2011

i knew who wrote this just by looking at the articles title.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Haye Admits: I Thought There Was No Way Bellew Could Win Golovkin To Present Trophy at $1 million Santa Anita Derby Joshua: Hopefully I Can Get Parker Out of There Between 6 and 8 Canelo Vows To Kick Golovkin's 'F***ing Ass' For PED Comments James DeGale: On My Best Day, No One at 168 Can Beat Me! Photos: Dillian Whyte, Lucas Browne - Face-Off at Final Presser Parker Had Two Elbow Surgeries Amid Negotiations for Joshua Fight Logan Yoon vs. Juan Carlos Salgado in Hollywood, Florida Hearn: Whyte Was 'Poor' Against Helenius, Fight Was a Stinker Parker: Joshua, His Team Are Underestimating Me From Fury Fight Abel Sanchez: Golovkin Pissed Off, Tired of Being Pushed Around! Joshua: Expect Blood; Hope Parker Fight is Like Bowe-Holyfield Carlos Molina on Being Cautious With Mexican Meat, 365 Testing Stephen Simmons Contemplating Retirement After Askin Loss Frampton vs. Donaire - WBO Interim-Title Now at Stake Willie Limond Inks With MTK Ahead of His Comeback Joshua Explains Why Parker is Tougher Fight Than Wilder Golovkin: If Canelo Rematch Falls Out - I Want Billy Joe Saunders! Otto Wallin vs. Adrian Granat: Robin Safar Added To The Card Hearn: Whyte vs. Browne Winner Will 100% Get a Title Shot Joshua: I'm Not Overlooking Parker, Not the One Talking Wilder Golovkin Promoter: GGG Wants Canelo, NOT Looking For Way Out! Pacquiao Camp Standing Firm That Top Rank Contract Expired Joshua Interested in UFC Deal, But Says He's 'Riding With' Hearn Photos: Ryan Garcia, Fernando Vargas - Ready For Battle WBC Prez is Shocked: This is Not The Golovkin That We Know Bob Arum: We're Not Ready To Give Up on Felix Verdejo Ryan Martin vs. Luis Eduardo Florez Tops Hollywood Fight Nights Joshua Warns Wilder: Be Realistic or We'll Freeze You Out Hughie Fury Prepares For Sexton With Bolton Wanderers Top Rank on Making Deal With Golden Boy For Loma-Linares Kautondokwa Still Unbeaten, Knocks Godoy Out in Five Parker's Trainer: Despite Taunts, Joshua 'Has Pretty Good Chin' Linares: On May 12 - Lomachenko Will Bow Down To King Jorge! Golovkin Wants Answers: What Did Canelo Inject in His Belly? Tyrone McKenna vs. Anthony Upton on Frampton-Donaire Card Photos: Anthony Joshua in Top Form, Grinds For Parker Clash Lomachenko vs. Jorge Linares - Ticket Information Whyte: Browne 'Just a Clubber;' He Hasn't Fought Anyone Like Me Ryan Garcia: I Want Gervonta Davis, I Want To Fight Him!

Latest Active Forum Threads