Nonito Donaire

Nonito Donaire

“The Filipino Flash”

RECORD

41 - 6 - 0

KOs

27

Weight 118 lbs (53.64 kg)

Age 38

Home Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 

Complete Stats

Four-division World Champion and future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire is on a renewed mission to take over the 118-pound division. Read Bio

Last Fight

win vs Nordine Oubaali

May 29, 2021 / Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California

Nonito Donaire made history when he defeated Nordine Oubaali via fourth-round knockout to capture the WBC Bantamweight World Title and become a three-time bantamweight world champion, live on SHOWTIME.

Latest News

Nonito Donaire News
Oubaali vs DonairePBC Boxing Video
May 30, 2021 / Oubaali vs Donaire, Nonito Donaire, Subriel Matias

Legend! Donaire Stops Oubaali to Become Champ Once Again

The four-division world champion cements his Hall of Fame credentials with a sensational knockout victory to become champion once more Saturday night on PBC on SHOWTIME.

NONITO DONAIRE
May 28, 2021 / Oubaali vs Donaire, Nonito Donaire

Nonito Donaire Rediscovers His Finisher's Mentality

The boxing legend plans to become a world champion again in devastating fashion against Nordine Oubaali when the two throw down for Oubaali's WBC Bantamweight title Saturday night on SHOWTIME.

The PBC Podcast
May 26, 2021 / The PBC Podcast, Nonito Donaire

The PBC Podcast: Nonito Donaire & Gary Antuanne Russell

The great Donaire and rising prospect Russell discuss their respective bouts Saturday night on SHOWTIME.

Fights

Nonito Donaire Fights

WIN vs Nordine Oubaali 17-1-0

May 29, 2021 Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California

Nordine Oubaali LOSES to Nonito Donaire by KO in Round 4 of 12

Loss vs Naoya Inoue 18-0-0

Nov 07, 2019 Super Arena, Saitama, Saitama, Japan

Nonito Donaire LOSES to Naoya Inoue by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Stephon Young 18-1-3

Apr 27, 2019 Cajun Dome, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Stephon Young by KO in Round 6 of 12

WIN vs Ryan Burnett 19-0-0

Nov 03, 2018 The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Ryan Burnett LOSES to Nonito Donaire by RTD in Round 4 of 12

Win vs Ruben Garcia Hernandez 22-2-1

Sep 23, 2017 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Ruben Garcia Hernandez by UD in Round 10 of 10

Loss vs Jessie Magdaleno 23-0-0

Nov 05, 2016 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Nonito Donaire LOSES to Jessie Magdaleno by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Zsolt Bedak 25-1-0

Apr 23, 2016 Cebu City Sports Complex, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Nonito Donaire WINS against Zsolt Bedak by TKO in Round 3 of 12

Win vs Cesar Juarez 17-3-0

Dec 11, 2015 Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Nonito Donaire WINS against Cesar Juarez by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Anthony Settoul 20-3-0

Jul 18, 2015 Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China

Nonito Donaire WINS against Anthony Settoul by TKO in Round 2 of 10

Win vs William Prado 22-4-1

Mar 28, 2015 Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Nonito Donaire WINS against William Prado by TKO in Round 2 of 12

Loss vs Nicholas Walters 24-0-0

Oct 18, 2014 StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA

Nonito Donaire LOSES to Nicholas Walters by TKO in Round 6 of 12

WIN vs Simpiwe Vetyeka 26-2-0

May 31, 2014 Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China

Simpiwe Vetyeka LOSES to Nonito Donaire by TD in Round 5 of 12

Win vs Vic Darchinyan 39-5-1

Nov 09, 2013 American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Vic Darchinyan by TKO in Round 9 of 10

Loss vs Guillermo Rigondiaux 20-1-0

Apr 13, 2013 Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York, USA

Nonito Donaire LOSES to Guillermo Rigondiaux by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Jorge Arce 61-6-2

Dec 15, 2012 Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Jorge Arce by KO in Round 3 of 12

Win vs Toshiaki Nishioka 39-4-3

Oct 13, 2012 Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Toshiaki Nishioka by TKO in Round 9 of 12

Win vs Jeffrey Mathebula 26-3-2

Jul 07, 2012 Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Jeffrey Mathebula by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Wilfredo Vazquez Jr 21-1-1

Feb 04, 2012 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr by SD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Omar Andres Narvaez 35-0-2

Oct 22, 2011 Madison Square Garden WaMu Theater, New York, New York, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Omar Andres Narvaez by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Fernando Montiel 54-6-2

Feb 19, 2011 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Fernando Montiel by TKO in Round 2 of 12

Win vs Volodymyr Sydorenko 22-2-2

Dec 04, 2010 Honda Center, Anaheim, California, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Volodymyr Sydorenko by KO in Round 4 of 12

Win vs Hernan Marquez 27-1-0

Jul 10, 2010 Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Nonito Donaire WINS against Hernan Marquez by TKO in Round 8 of 12

Win vs Manuel Vargas 27-4-1

Feb 13, 2010 Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Manuel Vargas by KO in Round 3 of 12

Win vs Rafael Concepcion 13-3-1

Aug 15, 2009 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Rafael Concepcion by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Raul Martinez 24-0-0

Apr 19, 2009 Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Nonito Donaire WINS against Raul Martinez by TKO in Round 4 of 12

Win vs Moruti Mthalane 23-1-0

Nov 01, 2008 Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Moruti Mthalane by TKO in Round 6 of 12

Win vs Luis Maldonado 35-2-1

Dec 01, 2007 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Luis Maldonado by TKO in Round 8 of 12

WIN vs Vic Darchinyan 28-0-0

Jul 07, 2007 Harbour Yard Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Vic Darchinyan LOSES to Nonito Donaire by TKO in Round 5 of 12

Win vs Kevin Hudgins 5-9-0

May 12, 2007 Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Kevin Hudgins by TKO in Round 1 of 8

Win vs Oscar Andrade 35-27-1

Oct 07, 2006 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Oscar Andrade by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Jose Luis Cardenas 5-6-1

Jul 29, 2006 Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Jose Luis Cardenas by TKO in Round 2 of 8

Win vs Kahren Harutyunyan 13-2-3

Jan 20, 2006 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Kahren Harutyunyan by SD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Ilido Julio 35-6-1

Nov 05, 2005 Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Ilido Julio by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Daniel Gonzalez 4-1-0

Oct 01, 2005 Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Daniel Gonzalez by KO in Round 1 of 8

Win vs Larry Olvera 5-4-2

Jul 02, 2005 Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Larry Olvera by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Paulino Villalobos 25-28-2

May 13, 2005 Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Paulino Villalobos by TKO in Round 6 of 8

Win vs Gilberto Bolanos 21-8-1

Nov 12, 2004 Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Gilberto Bolanos by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Ricardo Barrera 16-4-1

Jun 18, 2004 Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Ricardo Barrera by TKO in Round 4 of 6

Win vs Jorge Lopez 2-6-1

Jun 27, 2003 Mare Island Sports Center, Vallejo, California, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Jorge Lopez by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Mark Sales 7-16-2

Nov 02, 2002 Cantada Sports Center, Barangay Bagumbayan , Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Nonito Donaire WINS against Mark Sales by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Khachonsak Pothong 4-5-0

Sep 01, 2002 University of Guam, Agana, Guam

Nonito Donaire WINS against Khachonsak Pothong by KO in Round 2 of 12

Win vs Noel Alma 0-0-0

May 31, 2002 Elorde Sports Center, Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Nonito Donaire WINS against Noel Alma by RTD in Round 2 of 4

Win vs Jose Luis Torres 0-4-0

Jul 03, 2001 Hyatt Regency Hotel, Monterey, California, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Jose Luis Torres by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Saul Santoyo 0-0-0

Jun 08, 2001 Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, California, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Saul Santoyo by UD in Round 4 of 4

Loss vs Rosendo Sanchez 2-1-0

Mar 10, 2001 Pacific Sports Center, Vallejo, California, USA

Nonito Donaire LOSES to Rosendo Sanchez by UD in Round 5 of 5

Win vs Jose Lazaro 1-3-1

Feb 22, 2001 Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, California, USA

Nonito Donaire WINS against Jose Lazaro by KO in Round 1 of 4

Stats

Nonito Donaire “The Filipino Flash”

  • WINS 41
  • LOSSES 6
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 27

Weight 118 lbs (53.64 kg)

Height 5'7" (1.7 m)

Reach 68½" (174 cm)

  • Born

    November 16, 1982
  • Age

    38
  • Country

    Philippines
  • Born in

    Talibon, Bohol
  • Trains in

    Las Vegas, NV
  • Stance

    Orthodox
  • Rounds Boxed

    293
  • KO Percentage

    57.45%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Nonito Donaire Bio

Legendary four-division world champion Nonito Donaire has looked rejuvenated in recent performances. The future Hall of Famer from the Philippines is ready to reclaim the 118-pound division and prove that he is still the man.

From Bullied To Boxer

Nonito Donaire is the third born of four children to Nonito Sr., who competed as an amateur boxer in America in the early 1990s. Older brother Glenn became a flyweight and cousin Richard a super flyweight. 

Like his countryman, Manny Pacquiao, Donaire lived in General Santos City, South Cotabato until he was six and attended the same school as did Pacquiao.

“I had my share of poverty. I was a weak child. I was always sick,” said Donaire, whose paternal grandfather was born in Hawaii, granting his 11-year-old grandson US citizenship and the ability to join Nonito Sr. in Los Angeles in 1993.

“My father never thought of me fighting. I started fighting because that was something that my family was really into. My first fight, my father trained me for 45 days. At 11 years old, I was getting bullied, always being made fun of. Walking into the ring, I literally pissed in my pants, I was so scared.”

Donaire’s amateur record of 68-8 included winning three U.S. national championships -- the National Silver Gloves (1998), National Junior Olympics (1999) and the National USA Tournament (2000). Donaire also captured the 1999 International Junior Olympics gold medal, 

Donaire’s first 17 bouts covered weights ranging from 111 ½ and 119 ¾ pounds, producing a 16-1 mark with nine knockouts heading into 2007.

Donaire debuted in February 2001 at 115 ½ pounds with a first-round knockout of Jose Lazaro. His next three bouts were a four-round unanimous decision loss to Rosendo Sanchez (March), a four-round unanimous decision over Saul Santoyo (June) and a first-round TKO of Jose Luis Torres (July).

“The Filipino Flash” won thrice more in 2002: second-round knockouts of Noel Alma (May) and Khachosak Pothong (September) as well as a four-round unanimous decision over Mark Sales (November). In 2003 there was a first-round stoppage of Jorge Lopez (June), and two more wins in 2004 by fourth-round TKO and eight-round unanimous decision over Ricardo Barrera (June) and Gilberto Bolanos (November), respectively.

Donaire’s 2005 featured knockouts of Paulino Villalobos (May) and Daniel Gonzalez (October) in the sixth and first rounds as well as six- and eight-round unanimous decisions over Larry Olvera (July) and Llido Julio (November).

A natural right-hander with the ability to fight out of the southpaw stance, Donaire fought thrice more in 2006 with 10-round split- and 12-round unanimous decisions over Kahren Harutyunyan (January) and Oscar Andrade (October) flanking a second-round stoppage of Jose Luis Cardenas (July). 

A Matador’s Revenge On The Bull

Donaire’s first-round stoppage of journeyman Kevin Hudgins (May 2007) set up a July clash with IBF world flyweight champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan of Australia, who was 28-0 with 22 knockouts. Darchinynan was two bouts removed from a sixth round technical decision over Glenn Donaire and had stopped eight of his previous nine opponents.

Donaire controlled the battle of southpaws. A massive counter left hook in the fifth round flattened Darchinyan. He rose on unsteady legs only to stumble against the ropes. Referee Eddie Claudio waved an end to the bout, crowning a new champion as Donaire earned revenge for his family against a 7-to-1 favorite. 

“Nobody believed in me,” said Donaire. “My brother told me he’s not as tough as he thinks he is. I took the bully out of him. This fight wasn’t just for me. It was for my family and the Filipino people, too. I could feel their energy tonight.”

In December 2007, Donaire successfully defended his new title, scoring an eighth-round TKO of former title challenger Luis Maldonado. 

In August 2008, Donaire married Filipino-American Rachel prior to his second defense, November’s sixth-round TKO of Moruti Mthalane. In April 2009, Donaire’s third defense was a four-knockdown, fourth-round TKO over Raul Martinez, who was 24-0 (14 KOs) and had previously scored a 68-second stoppage of Victor Proa.

Donaire then rose in weight to win the WBA’s interim 115-pound title by 12-round unanimous decision over Panama’s Rafael Concepcion, setting the stage for another big year.

Donaire Detonates on Montiel

In February 2010, Donaire stopped former champion Manuel Vargas by third-round knockout in a non-title fight.

“The Filipino Flash’s” WBA crown was on the line for the second and final time in July 2010 as he stopped southpaw Hernan Marquez during an eighth-round TKO victory.

That December, Donaire would rise in weight yet again, moving up to 118-pounds and delivering a fourth-round KO of Volodymyr Sodrenko.

That win set up a mega-bout versus WBC/WBO world bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel on February 19, 2011. Montiel, 44-2-2 (34 KOs) was riding an 11-0-1 unbeaten streak that included nine knockouts. 

It was supposed to be the toughest fight of Donaire’s career. Instead, it turned into one the finest clips on his long highlight reel. Donaire stopped Montiel for the first time in his career, lowering the boom as a head-swiveling left hook temple shot flattened the Mexican in the second round.

“I predicted this second round knockout,” said Donaire, “I believe that God has a plan. I want to be the undisputed champion in this weight class.”

Donaire made one defense of the WBC/WBO crowns in October 2011, a shutout unanimous decision over reigning 115-pound champion Omar Narvaez.

A Four-Division, Unified Champion

Donaire climbed to 122 pounds to go 4-0 with a pair of knockouts in 2012. His year began with February’s 12-round split-decision over former champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the WBO’s junior featherweight crown – his fourth in as many divisions. 

That July, Donaire added the IBF title to his. WBO, winning a 12-round Donaire’s unanimous decision over South African Jeffrey Mathebula.

In October, he registered a ninth-round knockout of former title holder Toshiaki Nishioka.

Donaire closed 2012 with his third and final WBC/WBO title defense, a three-knockdown, third-round stoppage of former champion Jorge Arce in December.

Overcoming a rough patch

Despite scoring a 10th-round knockdown, Donaire lost an April 2013 junior featherweight unification bout by unanimous decision to left-handed WBA counterpart Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux.

November’s 126-pound debut was a return bout with Darchinyan, who led, 78-74, on two cards with the third tied at 74 when Donaire – ailing from a broken right cheek bone – sandwiched a pair of left hooks around a straight right to floor to eventually stop the Armenian via ninth-round TKO.

Donaire’s fifth-round technical decision over Simpiwe Vetyekam in May 2014 featured a fourth-round knockdown, enabling him to dethrone the South African as WBA featherweight title holder and become a five-division champion.  The bout ended on a cut over Donaire’s eye that resulted from an accidental clash of heads.

But Donaire was dethroned in his next bout via sixth-round TKO in October, being floored twice by Jamaican slugger Nicholas Walters, who rose to 25-0 (21 KOs) with his fifth straight stoppage.

Climbing the Ladder Again

Donaire returned to 122 pounds to go 4-1 with three knockouts over the course of 2015 and 2016, the former comprising second-round TKOs of William Prado (March) and Anthony Settoul (July) and a unanimous decision over Cesar Juarez (December) for the WBO’s vacant crown.

The ensuing year brought a third-round TKO of Zsolt Bedak (April). But Donaire was dethroned following a unanimous decision loss to southpaw Jessie Magdelano in November.

Donaire rose yet again into the 126-pound division for his next two bouts, one a victory over Ruben Garcia Hernandez in September 2017 and the other a loss to Carl Frampton.

Fighting at 118 for the first time since November 2011, Donaire became the WBA champion in November 2018 as Ryan Burnett was forced to retire on his stool between the fourth and fifth rounds.

Donaire’s first defense was a sixth-round knockout of Stephon Young in April 2019, securing his place in the World Boxing Super Series’ bantamweight finals against Japanese IBF counterpart Naoya Inoue.

Inoue won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Donaire in their November 2019 clash, one of the best that year 

But Donaire (40-6, 26 KOs) had proven himself, against Inoue, who was a heavy favorite and considered one of the very best fighters in the world.

“The 20 years of being in boxing can drain your motivation, but I gave him hell, felt unstoppable and was in tremendous shape in my mind, body and spirit," said Donaire. "I have a lot left in power and speed to be an elite fighter and to try to take over the division and the world.”