Former super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (37-4, 24 KOs) lost his WBO title to eventual champion Jessie Magdaleno (24-0, 17 KOs) last weekend on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao – Jessie Vargas welterweight tiff, and although he felt he did enough to win the bout, Donaire made the decision to get right back on the grind instead of sulking in defeat.
Donaire, 33, took to his official Facebook page to challenge Magdaleno anew to an immediate rematch, making known his desire for a classic boxing trilogy.
“It’s Monday and back to the grind! Nothing but RESPECT to you @peligroso_jmag91 but let’s sign an immediate rematch! Like you said in the medical, I gave you a chance to win the belt, now I want it back. We gave a great fight,” said Donaire, in a Facebook post.
“And nothing but respect for what u brought to the fight but lets meet at Top Rank and tell Bob to get it done. It’s time for us to do a Pacquiao/Marquez or Barrera/Morales trilogy for 122! This is what boxing is about! Game on?”
Donaire started the bout off slow as Magdaleno put rounds in the bank. As Donaire’s activity picked up late, Magdaleno became more timid and chose to continue to outbox the former Filipino champion instead of engage in a firefight.
As a result, Magdaleno ran away with a unanimous decision victory to scores of 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110.
It’s a tough predicament for Donaire, who had won four straight prior to the Magdaleno bout. He is far from the fighter he was back in 2012, who appeared unstoppable, reaching as high as top three of the pound-for-pound best fighters list.
That Donaire was sharp, intelligent and powerful as opponents like Fernando Montiel and Jorge Arce quickly discovered. The Donaire in the ring against Magdaleno was listless, one-dimensional and uninspired. -By Carlos Miguel Cinco