Honoring Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Jr.

Senate Resolution No. 303
Honoring Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Jr.

Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, good afternoon.

It is my honor to stand before you today to sponsor Senate Resolution No. 303, commending one of the best Filipino athletes of our time, my good friend and idol,  Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr., who is here with us today.

Mr. President, the Filipino Flash has once again made the country proud as he dominated the fight against Ukrainian pugilist Wladimir Sidorenko last December 4, 2010 in Anaheim, California, earning the World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight title.

Nonito showed exemplary boxing skills and talent during his fight. He was able to put the Ukrainian down three times, which resulted in a technical knockout decision on the fourth round of the fight. Mr. President, this is the first knockout loss in the career of Sidorenko.

At a young age of 28, Nonito is currently a two-division world champion and holds the WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight Title. He is also the former WBA Super flyweight Interim World Champion, IBF World Flyweight Champion and IBO World Flyweight Champion, and boasts a record of 25 wins, 17 by knockout.

Mr. President, Nonito is the number five pound-for-pound boxer in the world, with another countryman, Representative Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao holding the first rank.

Mr. President, there is no doubt that The Filipino Flash has brought pride to our country through his achievements in the world of boxing. This is brought about by his discipline, perseverance, dedication, hard work, and sportsmanship, and should be recognized to set a good example and serve as an inspiration for the Filipino people.

It is these for these reasons that I seek approval of Senate Resolution No. 303.

Thank you.

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