Nonito Donaire is setting the standard for what a professional fighter should be. He enters Saturday's super bantamweight title defense against Jorge Arce sixth in the Yahoo! Sports boxing rankings and sure to climb even further with a win.
The Filipino is always in magnificent condition, he's as technically sound as any fighter in the world, he seeks out elite competition and he remains active.
He's the leading candidate to be named Fighter of the Year, an almost slam-dunk winner should he not stumble against Arce in their HBO-televised bout at the Toyota Center in Houston. Donaire has decisively beaten three Top 10-ranked contenders this year, each in more dominating fashion than the last.
The five fighters above Donaire in the November Yahoo! Sports boxing rankings have fought a combined eight times this year. No. 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. and No. 2 Andre Ward each have fought just once. No. 3 Manny Pacquiao, No. 4 Sergio Martinez and No. 5 Juan Manuel Marquez each foughtRead More »from Nonito Donaire closing in on Fighter of the Year with no-nonsense, clean approach to boxing