Boxer of the year: Nonito Donaire

'Filipino Flash' sets highest standard as a fighter in the ring and against PED use

Updated: December 24, 2012, 10:34 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

It might sound strange, but no, Manny Pacquiao was not the best fighter from the Philippines in 2012. That honor goes to "The Filipino Flash," junior featherweight titlist Nonito Donaire, who had a year for the ages.

Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) began the year having vacated his bantamweight belts and preparing to move up to junior featherweight. Four fights later, in an exceptionally busy year by modern standards for an elite champion, the quick-fisted and powerful Donaire stands atop ...

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