Don’t know about you, but my respect for Nonito Donaire grew last night. See, that’s what some guys don’t get…You can lose, and we will still love you, and maybe even love you more, if you show yourself to be a strident warrior who shows incredible humility and decency after you lose, as Donaire did after being bettered by Nicholas Walters at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA and on HBO last night.
Donaire announced to the world post-fight that Walters was the better man. He didn’t dodge or deflect or blame this injury or that. No, he said that the Jamaican beat the excrement out of him, and he gave him ample props, and I salute him for that.
Donaire sent his fans, which today surely boasts a few more admiring souls, this note, on Facebook, the day after:
Beautiful Sunday morning! Sitting here with my team just feeling blessed. Thank u for all the well wishes but God is good. I went down swinging and not running and I wouldn’t have any other way. I have fought the best and never ducked anyone and in doing so sometimes the outcome is not what I want.
God saved me last night.
I would have died by the sword last night. I would have kept getting up and if I stayed in that fight til the 12th I could have gotten brain damage. Walters was just too big for me. If I got past Walters I would have fought with Salido at 130lbs and really gotten hurt. I’m going to take some time off and rebuild myself all over again. I’ll come back stronger and probably at a lower weight. Thank you for all your support and belief in me.
Props to Mr. Donaire, for his attitude in the ring, and outside it, towards life. He has a fan, in me, I won’t pretend otherwise.
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