Mendoza: Since Donaire didn’t do well, judge my hero

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By Al S. Mendoza

All Write

Monday, July 9, 2012

IT’S not enough that one wins fights.

If you are good, prove it by not just simply winning.

Go for more, as in winning in style.


That’s what Nonito Donaire Jr. should do, should persevere to achieve in the years to come and, yes, should have done on Sunday.

Donaire should not have contented himself with winning on points, although, in fairness, he tried. Sadly, he failed – rather badly, pathetically.

Good fighters are always expected to deliver victories with aplomb – a la Manny Pacquiao before the 56th of his 60 fights came along.

For the record, Pacquiao’s last five fights ended in decisions, although he really badly battered Antonio Margarito and did his best in trying to send Juan Manuel Marquez to dreamland but just couldn’t in their third fight.

The point is, Pacquiao did his best all of the time – almost.

He didn’t, though, in his encounters with Shane Mosley in 2011 and Timothy Bradley on June 10.

He was kind of a “softie” against Mosley and, against Bradley, the PacMan was a virtual baby-sitter, dishing off kid gloves instead of throwing his usual bombs when so much was at stake.

Donaire wasn’t exactly like that against Mathebula on Sunday.

He did some tough work on the South African, all right, but to me, it wasn’t enough, though.

For the record, Donaire defeated Mathebulo on July 8 in Carson City, California, by unanimous decision. Meaning, all three judges gave Donaire the nod, overwhelmingly.

Jonathan Davis was the most generous of the three fight judges, giving Mathebula three rounds. Steve Morrow gave two to Mathebula and Deon Dwarte just one.

Dwarte’s scoring was a stunner, not only because it photocopied my verdict of 119-108.

We both saw Round 3 as Mathebula’s, the remaining 11 rounds all to Donaire – with No. 4 producing a 10-8 win for Donaire after he had decked Mathebula as time was expiring.

What surprised me, pleasantly, that is, was Dwarte had that result despite the fact he is Mathebula’s compatriot.

If all judges in the world are like Dwarte, boxing is here to stay.

In fact, while Donaire had won it clearly, the fight’s real hero was Dwarte.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 10, 2012.


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