Nonito Donaire kept rolling along with a dominant victory over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. on Saturday night to capture the WBO Super Bantamweight Championship. It was not a perfect fight for the new champion, but he showed his resolve and did what was necessary to walk away with a win.
Give Vazquez credit where it is due, he came in with nothing to lose. He was still trying to build himself back up after the loss last May to Jorge Arce, and managed to hang in there with one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world for 12 rounds.
There were plenty of stories to come out of Saturday's fight, and here is what we are most excited to see come out of this epic battle.
NONITO DONAIRE IS ONE OF THE TOP THREE FIGHTERS IN THE WORLD
There seems to be a prevailing theory that Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather and Sergio Martinez are the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. You can determine the order of the top two on your own.
Donaire's performance in the ring and natural ability deserves to be recognized in that little group. No disrespect to Martinez, but his resume doesn't compare to Donaire's.
The new champion has not lost a fight in 11 years, and has taken on all challengers without belittling anyone in the ring. His accomplishments deserve to be talked about in the same vein as Pacquiao and Mayweather.
WILFREDO VAZQUEZ JR. WILL BE A CHAMPION AGAIN
Despite suffering his second loss in three fights, Vazquez showed all of the things that he does well and why his future is still very bright in this sport.
His climb back up the rankings and the title picture is not going to be an easy one. He needs to work on tweaking his technique, because he was lost at times in this fight.
Give Donaire credit where it is due, but Vazquez was not as sharp as he normally is. He appeared to be fighting not to lose instead of winning.
JORGE ARCE WOULD DEFEAT THIS NONITO DONAIRE
According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Bob Arum said that the next fight for Donaire, assuming he won this fight with Vazquez, would challenge Jorge Arce for the Super Bantamweight title.
If this same Donaire shows up for that fight, whenever it happens, he will taste defeat for the first time in over a decade. His speed carried him to a win in this fight, but his power did not shine through and he wasn't as crisp with his strikes as he usually is.
Arce can match his speed without sacrificing his power or defense. He has the tools needed to knock Donaire around enough to earn a victory.