Donnie Nietes delighted to be among Filipino boxing's elite
"Lahat naman nung napanalunan ko, grabe yung feelings namin, masayang masaya talaga, lalo na itong third division kasi na-belong ako sa record nila Manny Pacquiao atsaka Donaire. - Donnie Nietes
With the win, "Ahas" becomes just the third man in Filipino boxing history to hold at a world championship in three weight divisions, including surefire hall of famer Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr.
"Lahat naman nung napanalunan ko, grabe yung feelings namin, masayang masaya talaga, lalo na itong third division kasi na-belong ako sa record nila Manny Pacquiao atsaka Donaire. (In all of my title wins, we've been really happy, I'm really happy especially with this third division, because I get to join Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire)"
This, along with the fact that he holds the distinction of being the longest reigning Filipino boxing world champion during his run at light flyweight, has no doubt cemented Nietes' place among the elite of Pinoy boxing.
Nietes knows that getting to three world championships isn't just any ordinary feat.
"Syempre masayang-masaya, kasi hindi mo basta-basta makukuha yung third division eh, talagang grabe yung feeling ko, sobrang saya talaga. (I'm really happy, because getting a third world title in a third weight division is no joke. It's an amazing feeling, I'm really happy.)"
From humble beginnings, starting out as a janitor in a boxing gym to winning world titles in minimumweight, light flyweight, and flyweight, the Murcia native has come a long, long way, and Nietes knows that it has been one heck of a journey so far.
"Syempre lahat ng napanalunan ko sa lahat ng divisions, grabe talaga yung pinag-daanan namin, hindi din basta basta, nagdaan din kami sa hirap, kaya grabe talaga yung sakripisyo talaga." Nietes said post fight. (Of course, all my title wins in all the weight divisions, we went through a lot, it wsn't easy. We had to go through hard times, we made a lot of sacrifices.)"
Moving forward, Nietes plans to once again establish dominance in this new weight division, like he did when he was at 108-pounds, and he's setting his sights on the other 112-pound champions.
"Lahat ng champions sa flyweight, gusto ko talaga makalaban, sa WBA, WBO, tsaka WBC. (All the champions in flyweight, I want to fight them all, WBA, WBO, and WBC.)"
At 35-years old and with a new championship on his belt, this is just the start of a new journey for Nietes. He's back on top of the mountain, and it looks like he isn't planning on going down any time soon.