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Nonito Donaire Has Serious Punching Power, Similar to Manny Pacquiao

Nonito Donaire is a force, and the 118-pound bantamweight is making a charge up the pound-for-pound rankings. The 28-year-old Filipino Flash destroyed Fernando Montiel on Saturday with a second-round TKO to win the WBC bantamweight title. The emerging star has now captured crowns in the bantamweight, super flyweight, and flyweight divisions, inspiring comparisons to fellow Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao started off his career 107 and has now fought at a 150-pound weight limit, winning a light middleweight title. Donaire has never fought above 121 pounds, but he may venture into higher weight classes before long.

Where Donaire stands out amongst his competition is punching power. The 5’6″ Filipino-American seems to be somewhat more muscular and physical than his opponents, and his punches certainly sting more than the ones he receives. Of his 26 wins, 18 have come by knockout, including the beautiful knock down of Montiel captured in the photo above.

Power isn’t the only part of Donaire’s dominant ring skills; much like Pacquiao, he has excellent hand speed and he’s able to dictate the pace of fights with his footwork. As if that wasn’t enough, he can also flip between southpaw and orthodox stances mid-fight, keeping his opponents confused.

The young fighter is proving himself to be one of the best pound-for-pound in the world after rattling off his 27th straight win Saturday. Donaire said after the fight that he wants to unify the competitive bantamweight division before thinking about moving up in weight class. Guys like Joseph Agbeko and Koki Kameda may await, but there’s little doubt Donaire can unify the division and eventually move up in weight classes successfully.

And if you missed Saturday’s knockdown, check this out via Unsilent on twitter:

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RXGAKQO4XSUABF66CPCZRXNSV4 Wilbert

    like a METEOR (pacquiao) enter the earth athmosphere it create a change reaction in the cloud and air in the sky that result a loud thunder anouncing the arival of the out of this world entity which is the meteor then followed by the ripping bolt of FLASH OF LIGHTNING ( donaire ) this are the sign of the comming of IMMORTAL like or DEMIGOD type of accomplishment that blow peoples mind away and said this event are not NORMAL.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H723TQIZDBTIT3DP4QR5ZRBDAY gani v.

    I like your thoughts about these Two IMMORTALS of boxing, post it in youtube and the ABNORMALS will say, “These two are not NORMAL” .. ha..hahahaha…haters will sprout again like mushrooms in internet superhighway.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K6ZSNRY4XWQUZLU63HZ6ASL3YU Arik

    you should say “chain reaction” not change reaction. please check what you mean. okay?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6TORSYGRUVQBETGUKTPG65MAU mario

    Filipinos are born to be that way, we never retreat even in WW2 where we only have have bolos and spheres vs guns and cannons… get that world?

  • Anonymous

    weeehehehehe… nice….nice one wilbert… permission to add something, okay..? “then the meteor ripped all records in the scales… all the while the lightning following thru… and the gods tremble with their heartbeats… egos shaken and unmasked too… the time of the meteor and the lightning came…. even the pretenders allowed them through… the displaced all gnashing in pain… nothing they all could do…” hehehehehe just enjoying myself guys… peace..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marco-Manlegro/100000128930819 Marco Manlegro

    Next Victims: Juanma Lopez and Juanmanuel Marquez

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rhoderick-Serra/100001088597672 Rhoderick Serra

    Slick Afriacn-American Fighter? How bout slick filipino fighter? What can you say Hopkins?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kirk-Benson-Nopre/100000241607314 Kirk Benson Nopre

    World war two? bolos and spears? man you miscalculated, even bonifacio had a revolver somewhere in his house.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YXR35FS6KQOWVSB5Y4Z66YK3TY no comment

    Slick filipino fighters…..make that “Scary” slick filipino fighters….