Nonito Donaire named No. 1 Bantamweight and No. 3 Pound-for-Pound Boxer in the World by The Ring
The Ring magazine, dubbed "the bible of boxing," has ranked the "Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire as their No. 1 bantamweight champ following his second-round knockout win against Mexican boxer Fernando Montiel. Donaire placed fifth on the magazine’s list before going into the Sunday fight.
Donaire also advanced to No. 3 in The Ring’s pound-for-pound ranking, up from No. 5. This puts him right behind Manny Pacquiao (No.1) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (No.2).
In an article published Monday, The Ring admitted they found it difficult to rank Donaire in the "mythical (and very subjective) pound-for-pound ratings." The magazine’s editorial board decided on the ratings after reviewing the opinions of dozens of members of their Ratings Panel.
"It took more time to discuss where Nonito Donaire would be rated in the pound-for-pound rankings than it did to update the entire divisional rankings," The Ring Editor-in-Chief Nigel Collins said. "In the end, however, it was impossible to ignore Donaire’s overpowering performances in his last 10 fights, nine of which he won via knockout or TKO. The ’Filipino Flash’ is on a helluva roll, one that could conceivably see him climb even higher in future months."
The Ring’s bantamweight divisional ranking as of February 20:
1. Nonito Donaire
2. Anselmo Moreno (Panama)
3. Joseph Agbeko (Ghana)
4. Abner Mares (Mexico)
5. Fernando Montiel (Mexico)
6. Yonnhy Perez (Colombia)
7. Eric Morel (USA)
8. Vic Darchinyan (Armenia)
9. Koki Kameda (Japan)
10. Malcolm Tunacao (Philippines)
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