MANILA, Philippines – The family of new World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is disappointed with the boxer despite the success he has achieved in the sport.
In General Santos City, Donaire’s grandparents watched his bout against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., but they did not celebrate when he was named the winner via split decision.
“Sana natalo na lang s’ya,” said Teresita Dente, Donaire’s grandmother. “Kung natalo s’ya ako lang yata ang magtatatalon sa tuwa dito.”
Dente added that Donaire had no respect for his father, Nonito Sr.
Donaire’s grandparents and brother, Glenn, said the boxer had forgotten about them.
“Hindi talaga ako makalimot sa pag-limot n’ya sa amin,” said Epifanio Donaire, Nonito’s grandfather.
“Ni minsan, hindi siya tumatawag kung birthday ng mama ko, ng papa ko,” Glenn said. “You could have everything else... pag wala kang pamilya na totoo sa iyo, wala ka.”
A boxer himself, Glenn took a break from the sport for three years in order to work and support his brother’s training.
Now that Glenn has returned to boxing, Nonito Sr. is asking for his son to provide financial support for his brother.
“Sabi ko, sana matulungan mo s’ya, financial. Kung mag-champion, ibabalik din naman sa iyo yung perang nagamit,” Nonito Sr. said. “Pero ang sagot n’ya sa akin, wala akong pera ‘pang.”
Glenn returned to the ring last December, defeating Puerto Rican boxer Alex Sanchez. He is set to face Mexican fighter Edgar Jimenez this March.
Donaire is widely considered to be a top 5 pound-for-pound boxer. With his victory over Vazquez, he has now won four titles in four weight divisions. -- Report from Francis Canlas, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN