Mendoza: Donaire says talk of Dad’s firing not his

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By Al S. Mendoza

All Write

Monday, January 17, 2011

THE following is an e-mail from “Team Donaire,” an obvious reaction to my column of 01/15/11.

“Dear writer,

“A couple of points:


“1. Nonito never said he stopped loving his parents. Actually, Nonito’s interview with Trix Dixon says he is sad and misses his father. Why you made the assumption that there was a ‘replacement’ of families is beyond comprehension.

“2. Whether or not there is truth about the stolen money of Senior Donaire, which will be addressed after the fight, Nonito Donaire Jr. has never said that to the media. Imelda Donaire did.

“3. As to the firing, Nonito has never made a statement about it. The only talk is from Nonito Donaire Sr. (in) November, 2008 and February, 2010. If you would like links to all these articles, please let us know.

“But we would like you to be informed so your article won’t seem...unfactual (sic) when read by those who know otherwise.

“Sincerely, Team Donaire.”

Well, what can I say?

First off, I’m sorry if I “seem…unfactual.” Not intentional.

But before proceeding, is Team Donaire and Nonito Donaire Jr. one and the same?

I assume they are or I could be talking to a ghost?

Anyway, you said, “A couple of points…”

But you pointed out three points: STOP, STEAL and FIRE.

Forgivable flaw, though.

What’s one point between e-mail pals?

You said you have not STOPPED loving your parents. Great! Attaboy! God bless you.

You said the STEALING was made public by “Imelda Donaire.” Isn’t she your mother?

You don’t call her Mom?

You said the talk about the FIRING of Nonito Donaire Sr. as your trainer all came from “Nonito Donaire Sr.” You also don’t call your father Dad?

But, really, I am flattered that you read ALL WRITE. You even took time out to respond despite your hectic schedule.

On that note, you put one over Manny Pacquiao.

Here’s hoping you’ll e-mail me again and address, as you promised, all matters “after the fight.”

And, please, if it’s not too much to ask, don’t address me as “writer”?

I admit I try--I’ve been trying--to be a writer, but that’s not my name. And that’s being factual.

Lastly, it is my fervent prayer, as always, that you win again.

I am a big fan, you know.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 18, 2011.


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