- Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire promised his kids that they will get to bring home the Muhammad Ali trophy
- Unfortunately, he fell short from winning it and was defeated by Naoya Inoue
- Donaire asked Inoue if he could borrow the trophy for a day so he could fulfill his promise to his sons
Nonito Donaire asked Naoya Inoue to borrow the Muhammad Ali trophy after he fell short from winning it.
In an effort to teach his sons a lesson and to fulfill his promise to them, Donaire had asked Inoue if he could borrow the Muhammad Ali trophy for a night.
According to the “Filipino Flash,” he made a promise that he would show the coveted trophy to his kids after he wins the World Boxi
ng Super Series bantamweight final bout against Japanese Naoya Inoue on Thursday, November 7. Unfortunately, Donaire fell short and los t by “unanimous decision.”
Donaire shared, “I promised my sons they would see it in the morning. And with
tea rs in my eyes, I humbly asked Inoue to borrow it for a night, not for me but for my word.”
He said he wanted to teach his sons a li
fe lesson. “That you do your best and you come short. You will win. You will lose. But in either aspect, you will do so graciously,” Donaire said. He disclosed that his sons saw his pai n but they will learn what it means– how to stand up and train harder.
“They’ll see a trophy we don’t get to take home and understand what it means to want to train harder. And I told about the ba
ttl e I foug ht – that I’d rather put my li fe on that shield than give up. And that we will always figh t,” he said.
To show their appreciation for Inoue’s kindness in lending the trophy, Donaire’s sons sent him a greeting of congratulations.