The adopted son of Aklan lost his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight title in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yes, the 33-year old Nonito "Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr. is an adopted son of the province of Aklan.
This was after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a resolution way back on April 2009. Nonito’s wife Rachel Marcial is a former United States nationals taekwondo champion from Numancia, Aklan.
Mexican-American Jesús Gabriel "Jessie" Magdaleno, 24, defeated Donaire in their 12-round championship fight at the Thomas and Mack Center via a unanimous decision on November 6 (Manila time). All three judges decided in favor of unbeaten challenger Magdaleno, 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112.
In a post in his official Facebook page, Donaire said, “thank you for giving all your love and energy but apparently the judges saw it differently. It doesn't matter. It was yesterday and I'm going to celebrate life with the thousands who chanted for me. Tomorrow brings another day and we learn. Thank you God for keeping me safe.”
On April 2009, Donaire was then the world flyweight boxing champion after beating American-Mexican boxer Raul “La Cobrita” Martinez of their 12-round title fight at the Araneta Coliseum.
“Donaire has shown pride and belongingness to Aklanons by publicly declaring in local radio interviews about the family roots of his Filipino-American wife Rachel,” the SP resolution said.
“It is but fitting for Aklan and her people to give due honor to the sports heroics of the Donaire couple being one of our own and must share the pride and honors that both brought to the Filipino people and prominently to Aklanons,” the SP resolution No. 2009-103 stressed.
Meanwhile, Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao reclaimed his WBO welterweight title with a unanimous decision victory against the younger Jessie Vargas.
The judges scored the title bout dubbed as “Resurgence” for 37-year old Pacquiao, 118-109, 114-113 and 118-109.
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL