On Saturday night, Nonito Donaire lost a boxing match for the first time in 12 years. Heʼd won 30 in a row before his much-hyped match-up with Guillermo Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medalist for Cuba who had been on the fast track to a title shot since defecting in 2009 at the age of 29.
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You ever left a restaurant then suddenly realized that you forgot to feed the parking meter an hour earlier? As you march down the sidewalk, a deep dread sinks down your throat and into the pit of your stomach. You do your best to accept the reality that you will owe the city of San Francisco $72, s ... More >>
With the New Year just hours away, we can finally say it without fear of a buzzer-beating jinx: 2012 marks The Year of the Bay Area Sports Renaissance.
These things tend to come in cycles. The Bay's Age of Terrible Sports was a long, cold winter. Game Six in '02 was the first snow, and the blizzar ... More >>
In February 2011, Nonito Donaire knocked out Fernando Montiel with a second round left hook. The impressive performance sent Donaire, who lives in San Leandro, shooting up the pound-for-pound ranking lists, with some boxing observers naming him the third best figher in the world, behind Manny Pacqui ... More >>
It's the kind of pain that makes you want to spike a beer bottle into the street and shout "Fuuuck!" into the sky. What happened to Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night sent men and women into shock, into rage, into despair, into tears -- brought them to their knees.
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The first five rounds of Nonito Donaire's fight against Toshiaki Nishioka Saturday night looked very familiar. We'd already seen this same episode three straight times: Donaire's opponents playing it conservatively, backing up and surviving, right hand high and unmoving to guard against the Filipin ... More >>
With Andre Ward, of Hayward, and Nonito Donaire, of San Leandro, the Bay Area boasts two of the three best active American boxers (behind Floyd Mayweather). It's a proud moment for the Yay.
Boxing greatness has tended to emanate from gritty and cold East Coast cities -- like New York and Boston and ... More >>
On March 10, 2001, a 117-pound, 23-year-old boxer named Rosendo Sanchez fought 18-year-old Nonito Donaire in a five round bout at the Pacific Sports Center in Vallejo. Sanchez had won two of his three previous fights and Donaire, born in the Philippines and raised in he East Bay, had won his only on ... More >>
Nonito Donaire, the 29-year-old super bantamweight champion from San Leandro, became the one of the first professional boxers to agree to year-round drug testing when he enrolled in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association this week.
There's a bunch of reasons why this is a good move. It's cheaper tha ... More >>
Nonito Donaire, the WBO junior featherweight champion from San Leandro who ranks as the second best boxer of Filipino descent, inked his next fight earlier this week: a July 7 title unification match with IBF champion Jeffrey Mathebula.
This will be the Filipino Flash's second fight at 122 lb ... More >>