The Senate adopted yesterday two resolutions commending Filipino boxing champion Nonito "The Flash" Donaire Jr. for his second-round victory over Mexican pug Fernando Montiel to win two crowns at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Filed by Senators Pia Cayetano and Lito Lapid, the resolutions said the Philippine Senate has in several occasions paid tribute to outstanding Filipino athletes and Donaire is no exception due to his astonishing feat that gave another pride and glory to the country.
“The Senate commends Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire Jr. for successfully bagging the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization Bantamweight Crowns,” the resolutions stated.
The two lawmakers also noted Donaire’s discipline and determination to win which, they believe, secured his victories, and said that “the supreme athlete serves as an inspiration and shining example for all Filipinos, especially the youth.”
“The feat is no ordinary one as Montiel is considered one of the best fighters in the world, a tested veteran who is rated No. 7 on the ring’s Top 10 pound-for-pound list and has lost only two close decisions in career,” the senators Cayetano and Lapid cited in their separate resolutions.
The 28-year-old Donaire dethroned Montiel with a powerful left hook to the head, gaining him a record of 26-1 with 18 knockouts.
The Senate unanimously adopted both resolutions after Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago questioned the legality of the sport of boxing, saying that “pummeling each other promotes violence and reduces the sport to man’s inhumanity to man.”
Cayetano, however countered by saying that there are rules specifically imposed to prevent violence in sports.
Senate Resolution Nos. 391 and 387, co-sponsored by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, sought to congratulate Donaire for being an outstanding boxer and for “bringing honor and pride to the country.” *PNA
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