MANILA, Philippines – In three short, action-packed rounds, Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire sent his Mexican opponent Jorge Arce into retirement in their highly-anticipated super bantamweight clash at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas last Saturday.
With a perfectly timed left hook to the chin, Donaire floored Arce for the third time in the bout, prompting the referee to stop the fight and allowing "The Filipino Flash" to successfully defend his world super bantamweight title.
Analysts were ecstatic with Donaire's performance, with Ed Tolentino saying Arce never stood a chance.
"He is like a doctor – very clinical. Alam n'ya, how to attack you and break you down," he said.
ANC’s "Hardball" host Boyet Sison says it appeared Donaire had it all planned.
"Down to the final two minutes, Donaire was already zeroing in on the target. At one minute and 50 seconds, he had Arce get a mandatory eight count, and that's a preview of what he prepared for," Sison said.
"When he loads a punch, he shifts and awaits to unload another one," he added.
Donaire's win comes a week after the Philippines other boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao, lost to his Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez via a sixth-round knockout.
Tolentino said Donaire will never be Pacquiao, but he will be the next big thing in boxing.
"There will never be another Pacquiao," he said, "But now we are seeing the first coming of the Filipino Flash."
For Tolentino, the win cemented Donaire’s place as the newest boxing hero of the Filipinos, but warned that the public has yet to see how Donaire will handle all the attention and newfound fame after this fight.