WORLD boxing champion Nonito Donaire isn't a guy who is easily floored.
Yet in a courtesy call on President Aquino on Thursday, the boxing superstar was surprised and left in awe by what he said was the Chief Executive's "great love" for the nation.
“This is one person na nakita ko talaga who just wants a good nation, wants our nation to improve. Makikita mo talaga from his words and from his demeanor and his emotions that he really loves this country and to me, it was such an honor that I was able to talk to him,” Donaire said.
Donaire, honored in Malacanang after his third-round knockout of Mexican Jorge Arce in his defense of the World Boxing Organization super-bantamweight title, also praised the President's "cool" demeanor.
“In American words, we call him (President Aquino) very chill. He just has a very positive aura, he’s just very relaxed and he talks about his ideas for the Philippines,” he said.
In a talk after the ceremonies, Donaire said he also got words of wisdom from the Chief Executive.
“Binigyan niya ako ng pointers like there is a beginning and there is an ending, and that when that time comes for me, especially in boxing, I should do (and decide) things the right way,” Donaire said.