Manny Pacquiao is leaving the sport sooner or later. Nonito Donaire is the next best Filipino fighter still active and has the fastest growing stock of any fighter on the planet.
His promoter Bob Arum recently told Boxing Scene that he has a plan to move Donaire from the Bantamweight (118 lbs) division, where he captured multiple world titles in his third weight division, to the junior featherweight (122 lbs) division.
Donaire's first planned opponent is WBC world champ Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs) for March 2012. Though Nishioka turned down an offer because he doesn't want to fight again until May, Arum plans to offer him more money to help move along his fight plans for Donaire.
Next on Arum's list is a fight with popular Mexican fighter and WBO world champion Jorge Arce (57-6-2, 44 KOs) in June to open a new arena in Manila.
Beyond that, Nonito Donaire has confirmed alongside Bob Arum that he plans to fight at least four or five times in 2012.
Here's an examination of Donaire's potential fights in 2012 and what could transpire.