MANILA, Philippines – It seems that the boxing world didn't see Nonito Donaire Jr.'s 2nd round knockout win over Fernando Montiel coming.
Neither did Manny Pacquiao.
According to ABS-CBN News North America correspondent Bev Llorente, Pacquiao missed how Donaire toppled his Mexican foe as he was late for the Mandalay Resorts fight.
"Manny Pacquiao was supposed to go to the fight but he was too late already because it was too short. It was 25 seconds [left] in the ring when the referee called it a TKO," Llorente said Sunday via phone patch on ANC's Headlines.
Donaire threw a left hook at Montiel, knocking him down in the second round.
Montiel struggled to stand up but fell once more.
The "Filipino Flash" attacked his defenseless opponent again, prompting the referee to halt the bout.
With the feat, the 28-year-old Donaire seized from Montiel the the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization bantamweight crowns.
Donaire is seen by many to be following the footsteps of boxing superstar and compatriot Pacquiao after stunning the boxing world via a 4th round stoppage against Ukranian Wladimir Sidorenko last December.
Pacquiao himself had called Donaire "impressive," saying the bantamweight champ may also rise to superstardom.
"Saludo ako at sana ipagpatuloy mo at sana masundan mo ang yapak ko," he earlier said.
Pacquiao is in the US to promote his bout with "Sugar" Shane Mosley this May.
The Sarangani Congressman also dropped by the White House to meet with US President Barack Obama last week.