Donaire Honored to Fight on Pacquiao Card

Multiple-division boxing world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire has had an amazing career which saw him win various world championships against his division’s top caliber stars, but he has never achieved a milestone such as the one he’ll attain this November.

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Nonito Donaire will defend his WBO world super bantamweight title against Jessie Magdaleno on November 5th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias)

For the first time in his illustrious career, the Filipino-American will compete on a Manny Pacquiao undercard. Donaire (37-3, 24 KO’s) is scheduled to face the undefeated Jessie Magdaleno (23-0, 17 KO’s) on November 5th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“This is a great honor for me to be able to fight alongside Manny Pacquiao on the same fight card,” said Donaire. “I’m very grateful for it. It’s a great pleasure, and a great honor to be on a card with Manny.”

Donaire debuted as a professional boxer in 2001 after enjoying an extensive amateur career. In 2007, he burst onto the scene with a thrilling one-punch knockout victory over then highly-regarded fighter Vic Darchinyan. The victory earned him Knockout of the Year honors and set the pace for what would be an amazing career from that point on.

He then went on to score impressive victories over the likes of Fernando Montiel, Toshiaki Nishioka and Jorge Arce.

Against Magdaleno, Donaire faces a hungry young lion with an unblemished record. At 33-years old, Donaire however still feels he has a lot to offer the sport and is excited to finally be able to fight alongside Pacquiao.

“This is our early Christmas gift to all the Filipinos. You get two attractions for the price of one. I’m happy to be given this opportunity,” said Donaire.

“Training camp has gone great. My new trainer is very intelligent and smart and he pushes a lot of my potential. I’m excited for the fans to see what I’ve worked on.”

Donaire recently parted ways with his father, Nonito Donaire Sr.

Replacing his father is Cuban boxing trainer Ismael Salas and although there was a change in personnel, Donaire reiterates that fans should expect much of the same from him when it comes to action.

“My style hasn’t really changed, but has become more refined. I’m more energy efficient and wiser with my expenditure. But you’ll see the same old me, fast and powerful,” said Donaire.

“I have no problems with conditioning. I train to win in any round. But you know me, when I fight I always look for the knockout because that’s what makes people happy. For me as well, I challenge myself to go for the knockout.”

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