Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. (center), the No. 5 best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, celebrates his victory over Wladimir Sidorenko at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Dec. 4. At left is Donaire’s assistant trainer Roberto Garcia.



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The expectation heading into Nonito Donaire Jr.’s first test in the bantamweight division against former champion Wladimir Sidorenko was that, though he would be competitive, Sidorenko would ultimately fall short of pulling off the upset.


Mark Wahlberg in a scene from "The Fighter," released locally by Pioneer Films. 


MANILA — Guess no more. The next president of the Philippines is going to be Manny Pacquiao. That is if Mark Wahlberg is proven right. At the recent junket for Mark’s latest movie, "The Fighter," the hunky Hollywood actor casually made the prediction. “He is the future president, too,” he quipped after a brief chat with this writer before the start of our press roundtable. He knows that Manny is a dedicated congressman and a hero to the Filipino masses.


                    NONITO DONAIRE JR.



Like most American residents, Nonito Donaire Jr. celebrated Thanksgiving last Thursday by eating turkey. At face value, this tidbit of info sounds pretty mundane and uneventful, but here it’s notable considering that the holiday was just a week before fight night.


Milan Melindo (l.) and Carlos Tamara.



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Carlos Tamara's head trainer Butch Sanchez is quick to offer a nice word about Milan Melindo, the upstart flyweight contender whom Tamara will face on Nov. 27 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City, Philippines.

Nov. 19, 2010


Antonio Margarito is seen on the giant screen as he is interviewed after losing to Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Nov. 13.  (AFP/Getty Images/File/Tom Pennington)


MANILA — Antonio Margarito suffered a crack in his right orbital bone during his fight against Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Nov. 13, but the injury isn’t career-threatening unless the surgery to repair the damage failed to align the break, creating the possibility of a re-fracture.

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