WHY NONITO DONAIRE LEFT MANNY’S TOP RANK
San Francisco, CA- For years I complained about the manner in which Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire was being mishandled by his promoter Top Rank. Even after Nonito drilled betting favorite Vic Darchinyan in 2007, a Showtime main event fighter, Donaire appeared almost exclusively on Top Rank’s PPV (Latin Fury) cards. Sometimes in the main event, but more often than not he was in the position of supporting the Latin fighters on the top of the bill.
“THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THEY HAD”
Those were the words of Hall of Fame promoter Don Chargin during the “prime time” Thursday 6 PM PT edition of “Ring Talk Worldwide” that airs on the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network & the American Forces Network. “They misused him, they didn’t know what they had.”
NOBODY COULD HAVE DONE DONAIRE WORSE!
What Top Rank had was pretty obvious since the 7/7/07 KO of Darchinyan, a ‘pound for pound’ top ten fighter until Nonito knocked him all but dead. But instead of making him a “superstar” and putting him on fellow Filipino Manny Pacquiao’s cards, Top Rank forced Nonito to play second fiddle to a bunch of Mexican fighters that couldn’t carry his jock.
WAS PUTTING DONAIRE ON BACK BURNER A PLOT?
I’ve always asked why Manny Pacquiao refused to put Nonito Doniare on any pedestal that might have elevated him to seven figure paydays? The only reason I can come up with is that Manny, oh and his wife Jinkee, were so jealous of Nonito’s looks, skills, and his beautiful wife Rachael, that Manny all but shunned his fellow countryman.
MANNY’S “BLOCKING” DAYS ARE OVER!
With the promotional firm, Golden Boy Promotions, run by Oscar De La Hoya now representing “The Filipino Flash,” Manny can’t cock block Nonito anymore as Golden Boy will treat Nonito like a superstar, not some schmo supporting a B fighter the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.