A few days after picking Robert Garcia as their Trainer of the Year, Yahoo! Sports, through respected boxing columnist Kevin Iole, has named Garcia’s top student, Nonito Donaire, as their Fighter of the Year.
According to Iole, Donaire “showed the complete package, using speed, power, accuracy, ring generalship, defense and courage to post decision wins over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Jeffrey Mathebula and stoppages over Toshiaki Nishioka and Jorge Arce.”
Iole added that another determining factor was Donaire’e enrollment under the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association program which means he could be subjected to undergo anti-doping testing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
This is the third time that a Filipino fighter won the website’s Fighter of the Year honors since Yahoo! started giving out this award in 2007. Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao won the honor back to back in 2008 and 2009.