Boxing: Four-division champion Donnie Nietes happy to be part of elite company in Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr.
Santino Honasan on Jan 10, 2019 05:57 PM
"Masayang masaya, kasi naka-abot ako sa level nila Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. na top Filipino fighter talaga, na kumbaga naka-gawa din ako ng pangalan ko," - Donnie Nietes
Donnie Nietes made Filipino boxing history to close out 2018 by becoming the new WBO Super Flyweight World Champion after defeating Japan's Kazuto Ioka via split decision in Macau on New Year's Eve.
With the most recent title win, Nietes became a four-division boxing world champion, becoming just the third Filipino boxer to do it, after eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and four-division champion Nonito Donaire Jr.
For the Murcia, Negros native, it was definitely a reason for a Happy New Year.
"Siyempre masayang-masaya, kasi nakuha ko na yung ika-apat na division, so masayang-masaya talaga ako ngayon, nakapag-bigay ako ng records sa larangan ng boxing na katulad nila Nonito Donaire Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, na [four division world championships] ang nakuha," Nietes shared with ABS-CBN Sports.
Sharing the stage with Pacquiao and Donaire, both sure-fire boxing Hall of Famers once all is said and done, is quite the honor, says Nietes, and he's glad to be able to have reached the same heights as those two Filipino boxing icons.
"Masayang masaya, kasi naka-abot ako sa level nila Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. na top Filipino fighter talaga, na kumbaga naka-gawa din ako ng pangalan ko, naka-gawa si Donaire at si Manny Pacquiao ng mga pangalan nila, so masayang-masaya ako ngayon na na-abot ko yun."
At this stage in his career, Nietes is no longer what people call an up-and-coming star.
At 36 years old and 48 fights under his belt, the truth is Nietes is nearer to the end of his storied careeer.
"Ahas" himself however, isn't thinking about hanging his gloves up just yet.
"For me, wala pa sa isip ko yung mag-reretire, gusto ko pa makapag-bigay ng karangalan sa ating bansa, yun lang yung gusto ko ngayon, yun yung nag-momotivate sa akin ngayon," he expressed.
"Mabigyan ng karangalan yung bansa, makapag-bigay ng honor and pride, yun lang ang nasa isipan ko ngayon," he added.