Filipino Boxing superstar, Nonito Donaire was named 2012 Boxer of the Year by ESPN.
Nonito Donaire has been named Boxer of the Year by ESPN in a 2012 campaign that saw him win four fights after moving up to the junior featherweight division.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael noted that “Donaire seized the mantle from Pacquiao, his idol, as the Philippines’ best boxer.” Pacquiao, who won the honor three times in the past, lost both of his fights this year — a controversial decision against Timothy Bradley last June and a shocking sixth-round knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez this month.
Nonito Donaire, on the other hand, has been both busy and impressive. He dominated Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in February before knocking out Jeffrey Mathebula last July. ‘The Filipino Flash’ followed that up with another one-sided knockout of respected Japanese fighter Toshiaki Nishioka last October before capping the year with a resounding victory over Jorge Arce.
ESPN also lauded Nonito Donaire for signing with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, which imposes tests more stringent than those required in boxing today. Under VADA regulations, a fighter can be tested any day at any time.
“I don’t mind it. I think it’s a good for the sport and I am going to do it,” Nonito Donaire said. “It’s a good idea. I have nothing to hide. I would love for all fighters to follow me, but not everybody is like me.”