MANILA, Philippines – This seems to be a great gift for the Pinoys this Christmas holiday.
While others called it a sweet revenge for the Filipinos, the “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire Jr. who beat Mexican contender Jorge Arce during a title bout Sunday noon (Manila time), says he’d just did his best at the ring.
But prior to his fight, Donaire vowed to knock out as early as possible his opponent in retaliation to the defeat of Philippine boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez in recent non-title bout. Manny lost to Juan Manuel via TKO seconds before their sixth round ends.
The “Filipino Flash” Donaire gave Arce a strong punch that sent the latter into the canvass in the third round. A swift left hook to the jaw finished off Arce in the 2:59 mark of the third round. Arce later announce his retire in a post media interview at the Toyota Center, Houston.
The victory was the fourth in as many fights for the 30-year-old Donaire this year, and may have clinched for him the 2012 Fighter of the Year award. The resounding victory also brought back the smile on the faces of Filipino fight fans.
Donaire retained his WBO super bantamweight crown and stretched his unbeaten run to 30 fights over the last 11 years.