HOUSTON – It doesn’t bother Mexican Jorge Arce that he’s retiring from boxing on a losing note.
In his own words afterall, he lost against "the best."
“He is the best man,” Arce said in acknowledging Nonito Donaire Jr. after the reigning world super-bantamweight champion sent him into retirement with a swift third-round knockout on Saturday night (Sunday, Manila time ) at the Toyota Center here.
“He’s very good. I am proud to have lost to the best. It fills me with honor."
Highly-acknowledged as a natural brawler, Arce has never been beaten as badly as this since an 11th-round technical knockout at the hands of the great Michael Carbajal in a WBO light-flyweight title match in 1997.
While he may already be way past his prime, many still considers the 33-year-old native of Los Mochis, Sinaloa Mexico a dangerous foe for Donaire.
Or so they thought.
He never got a chance against the Filipino, who was ahead 20-17 in all the scorecards of the three judges when the fight came to an end. Arce lost the second round by scores of 10-8 after he got floored by a crisp short Donaire right hand.
In the end, retirement was the next best thing to do for Arce, who turned 33 last July.
“My career is over,” he said inside the ring shortly after the 12-round match. “I promised (my kids) I would leave the ring if I lost.”
Arce said he plans to watch upcoming fighters on TV and hope to become a boxing commentator someday.
Incidentally, the Mexican is the second straight fighter to be retired by Donaire. Toshiaki Nishioka also decided to hang up his gloves following a ninth-round knockout loss to the Filipino in October.