Donaire's wife in FHM 'sexiest' list


Posted at Jul 10 2012 04:22 PM | Updated as of Jul 11 2012 12:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- After his recent boxing unification feat, boxer Nonito Donaire, Jr. has more than a new title belt to be proud of after his wife, Rachel Marcial Donaire, was named among the "world's sexiest women."

Rachel Doanire. Photo courtesy of

It isn't Donaire's first time to make the list. In 2011, Rachel made her debut in men's magazine FHM's annual poll of the "100 Sexiest Women in the World."

This year, the wife of the "The Filipino Flash" improved her ranking in the popular list from No. 56 to this year's No. 38.

"She's one of the reasons we call Nonito our idol," FHM said in its July 2012 issue, adding that "this lady does pack a punch."

The list, which ranks former "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate Sam Pinto at No. 1, is the result of polling 17 million votes cast online.

Rachel, however, isn't to be lauded only for her FHM-worthy physique. Born and raised in California, Rachel was a USA national collegiate and military taekwondo champion.

The athletic beauty married Donaire -- now the World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion -- in 2008 in the US.