Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire was on a hot streak this year, winning all four of his first boxing bouts in the super bantamweight division. In his first fight this year with Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr., he secured his spot alongside Manny Pacquiao as the only Asians to win world titles in four different weight divisions. And he closed 2012 with a third-round knockout win against Mexican Jorge Arce, bringing up his professional boxing record to 31-1.
To celebrate his series of victories, here are three newspaper front pages he graced after his wins against Vázquez, Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka, and Arce.
February 4, 2012. Donaire defeated Vazquez via split decision to win the vacant WBO Super Bantamweight Championship at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Also on the covers: “Complications” after Rep. Iggy Arroyo’s death in London, as the feud between wife and mistress over the custody of his remains continues · Solicitor General Jose Anselmo Cadiz resigns to go back to private practice.
October 13, 2012. Donaire scored a TKO win against Toshiaki Nishioka in the ninth round to retain the WBO belt and win the vacant The Ring Super Bantamweight belt.
Before the fight, he relinquished the IBF Super Bantamweight Title he won from South African Jeffrey Mathubela in July 7.
Also on the covers: MILF leaders present in Manila for signing of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement · Sin Tax Bill: its supporters (“Solid North” congressmen and Brit-Am Tobacco) and its not-so-hopeful beneficiaries (PGH staff).
December 15, 2012. Donaire knocked out Jorge Arce in the third round to retain both the WBO and The Ring Super Bantamweight titles. After the bout, the 33-year-old Arce announced his retirement from boxing.
Also on the covers: The Reproductive Health Bill was set to be voted upon on the Senate and the House of Representatives · Inquirer banners the three “kings of jueteng” following “jueteng protection” accusations hurled against Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino · Typhoon Pablo’s death toll increased to 1,020 · Eddie Garcia won the Best Actor Award in the 58th Asia-Pacific Film Festival for the independent movie “Bwakaw” · A lone gunman with a loaded semiautomatic rifle fired at kids in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 20 students and six adults.
“Front Pages” is Pinoy Index‘s way of looking back at notable events of the year through newspaper front pages of Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and The Philippine STAR.