The Filipino flash, Nonito Donaire Jr. is now up from no. 5 to no. 3 in The Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound list overtaking middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez (No. 3 last week) and world lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (No. 4 last week). It was the 28-year-old Filipino slugger’s sensational KO win over Mexican Fernando Montiel last Sunday to go two more steps up the ladder.
Donaire stopped Montiel with a left hook to the temple and captured the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization bantamweight titles, which come after his International Boxing Federation flyweight crown in 2007. Because of the Sunday’s victory, he was pushed to the top three of The Ring’s pound-for-pound list, next only to fellow Filipino Manny Pacquiao and undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The Ring Magazine is considered the Bible of boxing, although there were few other boxing mags that come up with their own pound-for-pound list. Take note, this is the first time that two Filipino fighters landed on the top three of The Ring’s pound-for-pound list.
The Ring described the blow as a “punch from hell.” Hell for Montiel was heaven for Donaire.