Donaire vs. Narvaez: Filipino Flash Illustrates Dominance with 26th Straight Win

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2011

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 22: (R-L)  Nonito Donaire of the Philippines connects with a right to Omar Narvaez of Argentina in the WBC, WBO World Bantamweight Titles bout at Madison Square Garden on October 22, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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While Nonito Donaire doesn't get as much hype as Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr, Ring Magazine ranks him as the fourth best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. The Filipino Flash helped prove that point by defeating Omar Narvaez on Saturday.

The loss was the first of Narvaez's 11-year career and was also the first time he fought in the United States. After the match, Donaire expressed his displeasure with El Huracan's defensive style, which caused the fans inside Madison Square Garden to get a little rowdy (via Yahoo! Sports).

“I was bored,” Donaire said. “When I know that the guy wouldn’t open up, I kind of got bored because no matter what I opened my hands, I opened my face and the least you can do is hit me with a jab, hit me with something.”

It was just the second fight out of Donaire's last 11 that didn't end in a knockout. He did defend the WBC and WBO Bantamweight World Titles in the process, which he won with a TKO of Fernando Montiel in February.

The Filipino Flash hasn't lost since March of 2001 when he came up on the wrong end of a unanimous five-round decision against Rosendo Sanchez. He defeated Saul Santoyo three months later as has been on a roll ever since.

The Boxing Scene reports Donaire's next bout could come against Jorge Arce as he wants to move up to the super bantamweight division. Arce is 57-6-2 and hasn't lost a fight since Simphiwe Nongqayi beat him by unanimous decision in 2009.

That match will likely serve as a precursor to a mid-2012 battle with Toshiaki Nishioka, who is currently taking some time off after knocking off Rafael Marquez earlier this month.

Both fights will help Donaire get more widespread exposure as he begins to take on more high-profile opponents. And after his great run, it will be well deserved praise.