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Nonito Donaire recovering from nasty cut on his knuckle (Picture)

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Nonito Donaire took a major gamble when he decided to fight Jorge Arce on Saturday in Houston.

The Filipino Flash busted up his knuckle during his 9th-round TKO win over Toshiaki Nishioka on October 13. The cut on Donaire’s knuckle on his left hand was so bad one could see blood through his hand wraps. It required eight stitches to close.

Donaire only gave himself just over two months between fights, which hardly seems like enough time to allow such a severe injury to heal. Luckily for Nonaire, the knuckle didn’t seem to bother him on Saturday. He demolished Arce with a third-round KO.

Donaire said after the fight that he had to take it easy during his training because of the knuckle.

“When we sparred, we didn’t really go hard in our sparring except for the last one to try it out,” Donaire told HBO’s Larry Merchant. “We were kind of nervous going into this fight.”

In the video below, you can see Donaire getting stitches on the knuckle:

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Nonito Donaire Leaves Bob Arum’s Top Rank for Golden Boy Promotions

A shock was sent through the business side of boxing Wednesday when it was announced that Nonito Donaire would be leaving promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank for Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. This is just the latest twist in an ongoing saga between the rival promotional groups, and there is little doubt it is a massive gain for Golden Boy.

Nonito Donaire is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and an emerging star in the sport of boxing. The 28-year-old has been moving up in weight class steadily and picking up fans along the way while posting a 26-1 record. The Filipino Flash’s most recent fight was an eye-opening second-round knockout of Fernando Montiel last month that rearranged his opponent’s face.

Donaire has speed, power, and size for a bantamweight. Whether or not he can become as big as Manny Pacquiao in terms of popularity remains to be seen, but we do know that Donaire is an emerging star.

That’s why his promotional sidestep is so significant for boxing.

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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.

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