Nonito Donaire Jr after losing fight vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux: "I'll come back and do better."

Nonito Donaire Jr has lost his fight against Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday, April 13, 2013, held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City (Sunday morning MLA Time).

The 30-year-old Nonito Donaire, who in 2012 had 4 really convincing wins and was awarded Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America as well as by ESPN, The Ring, Sports Illustrated and Yahoo! Sports, has experienced a really convincing loss to Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux, who's 2 years older, but was considered a boxing neophyte before the fight.

It was Nonito Donaire's 2nd loss ever, and his 1st loss after 30 consecutive wins, while it was only Rigondeaux's 12th professional fight, and also his 12th win. (Yeah he's remained undefeated).

One amazing thing that Nonito Donaire has achieved in his latest fight was when he knocked down Rigondeaux during 9th round, the only knockout in the 12-round bout, and by far, Rigondeaux's first ever knockdown in his professional boxing career.

But the knockout was useless and not enough for Donaire to win the fight. The judges scored the fight as 114-113, 115-112, 116-111, all in favor of Rigondeaux.

Nonito has graciously accepted loss to Rigondeaux, congratulated him on Twitter and promised his fans that he will be back and do better.

filipinoflash: "I just want to thank God for keeping me safe, my guardian angels for protecting me, my Team for standing behind me, and my fans for their support. I tried to give my all and push the fight but we'll be back. Ill come back and do better. For now, I congratulate Rigondeaux."

As Nonito promised, he'll be back and I'm sure he'll be able to recover, especially after having a new inspiration by July, when his wife Rachel gives birth to their first baby.

Nonito Donaire with pregnant wife Rachel Donaire (Photo via Twitter)

In the said fight, Nonito Donaire reportedly was guaranteed with a career-high $1.32-million purse, only the 2nd time he received at least $1-million. The first one was during his fight against Jorge Arce last December in which his purse was $1M.

Rigondeaux on one hand also got his career-high purse of $750,000 and after this impressive win, he'll probably get $1M purse already in his next fight. -

About M.I.

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