Nonito Donaire Jr. to fight on Pacquiao-Vargas card

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 31, 2016 02:32 PM
Nonito Donaire Jr. to fight on Pacquiao-Vargas card
Nonito Donaire meets Jessie Magdaleno in the co-main event of Pacquiao vs. Vargas on November 5 in Las Vegas

Arguably the two biggest Filipino boxing stars will both be fighting on the same event on November 5th, after it was announced that Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will be seeing action as well on the highly-anticipated Manny Pacquiao versus Jesse Vargas fight card in Las Vegas. 

According to a report from ABS-CBN’s Bev Llorente, Top Rank Boxing CEO Bob Arum announced that Donaire will be taking on unbeaten Mexican-American Jesse Magdaleno, possibly for Donaire’s WBO Super Bantamweight title. 

“We are looking to do something really spectacular for all Filipino people.” Arum said. 

The 33-year old Donaire (37-3, 24 KO) is coming off a successful first title defense, knocking out Hungarian Olympian Zsolt Bedak in the third round in Cebu back in April.

Magdaleno, 24, boasts an unbeaten 23-0 professional record with 17 of his wins coming by way of knockout. In his last bout, Magdaleno knocked out Pinoy boxer Rey Perez in the seventh round. This will be Magdaleno’s first shot at a world title. 

The Donaire-Magdaleno bout will serve as the co-main event to the Pacquiao-Vargas match at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, which will be offering a whopping 6,800 seats at just $50. 

According to Arum, one of the reasons why the fights will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center is to be able to cater to a larger Filipino audience. 

“When we made the fight, one of the reasons why we are in Thomas and Mack, it sets up so that we can have more than 6000 seats that we are charging 50 dollars from, so that the Filipinos who come here who usually watch it on closed circuit can watch it for as low as 50 dollars.

“Its gonna be packed with Filipino fans.” Arum added. 


with a report from Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN. 

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