MANILA -- Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr. credits his father for getting him into boxing and teaching him to value loyalty.

“My drive is about making him proud,” Donaire said on "Mornings @ ANC" on Thursday.

Donaire started boxing at the age of 11 and his father has been his trainer since the beginning.

"He was a boxer himself in the military, but he never went pro," he said of his father. "He had us to take care of but he taught us everything, he taught me everything."

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Above anything else, Donaire said his father thought him to value loyalty, which has been his camp's strength amid the challenges in his boxing career.

“I think that’s the biggest thing my father thought me -- loyalty and respect. That’s much more than money can buy, knowing that you have friends and family who will always be there for you,” he said.

“These guys -- my father in law, my wife, and all my team -- I know from the bottom of my heart that when bullets will come flying, they’ll all be right in front of me,” he added.

Aside from his father, Donaire also cited Manny Pacquiao as an influence in his boxing career.

According to Donaire, Pacquiao opened the door for a lot of Filipino boxers, noting that promoters started recognizing the talent of Filipino boxers because of the international success of the "Pac-Man."

"The Filipino Flash" is back in the Philippines after his unanimous decision-win in Puerto Rico against Mexican boxer Cesar Jaurez, which earned him the World Boxing Organization super-bantamweight champion title.

He said he would like to rest and enjoy the holiday season with his kids but added that he is ready to fight again next year.

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