TWO of the biggest fighters to be honored by the World Boxing Organization during its 25th convention on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) are both Filipinos.
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. were named Fighter of the Decade and Fighter of the Year, respectively, by the boxing body for their exemplary achievements inside the ring.
PhilBoxing.com was the first to break the news.
Until he lost to Timothy Bradley last June, Pacquiao held the WBO welterweight title he won in 2009 with a 12th-round technical knockout of Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto.
Pacquiao successfully defended the 147-lb. belt against Joshua Clottey, Sugar Shane Mosley, and Juan Manuel Marquez, before yielding it to Bradley in a controversial split decision four months ago at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Only last year, Pacquiao was also named `Fighter of the Decade’ by the World Boxing Council (WBC) for being the only boxer to win eight titles in eight weight divisions.
Donaire was already informed of the award upon his arrival in the country last week.
“I’m very honored,” was the curt reply of the 29-year-old holder of the WBO super-bantamweight belt.
Donaire won the WBO 122-lb. belt early this year with a split decision over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. He later retained the crown with wins over South African Jeffrey Mathebula (unanimous decision) and just recently, Japanese Toshiaki Nishioka (9th round, TKO).
The `Filipino Flash’ also once held the WBO bantamweight title belt.