MANILA - Filipino boxing champion Nonito Donaire was at the red carpet premiere of "Guardians of the Galaxy" to support his friend and fellow "kababayan" Dave Batista.
The former pro-wrestler, who is part-Filipino, stars as Drax the Destroyer in Marvel's latest superhero film, which is set to premiere in the Philippines on July 31.
Donaire, who refers to Batista as his "brother," was seen posing with the actor at the premiere's after-party held in Los Angeles, California on Monday.
Filipino boxing champion Nonito Donaire striking a pose with friend and actor Dave Batista. Photo: Handout
The two are widely known to be close friends.
Batista was seen in Donaire's corner, carrying the country's flag, when the boxer won against Vic Darchinyan last year.
Batista also made the friendship apparent when he went straight for Donaire, who was in attendance for the wrestler's return to the WWE ring on January, to give the boxer a brief embrace.