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Nov 8, 2013
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From 2000 to 2006, a 5' 5 ½” power-punching slugger named Vic Darchinyan terrorized boxing’s flyweight division. The man known as "Raging Bull" was such an absolute beast throughout those years that almost everybody in his weight class was scared shitless of him.

But on July 8, 2007, the flyweight tyrant—whose record stood at 28 wins: 22 by KO, with no defeats—took on a virtually-unknown young challenger who was more than ready to stand up to the bully. That supposed nobody, was none other than our kababayan, Nonito Donaire Jr.

Junjun knew that the bout against the Armenian fighter was his audition for the "big leagues" and boy did he kill it. He outclassed the heavily favored champion in the first four rounds of the fight and eventually finished the job in the fifth stanza, with one of the most beautiful left hooks we’ve seen in recent memory. But talk is cheap. Such a beautiful punch is meant to be watched:


If Manny Pacquiao's and Floyd Mayweather's left hand bombs against poor ol' Ricky Hatton are the Olivia Munn and Jennifer Lawrence of left hooks, then Nonito's deathblow on Darchinyan is Emma Watson.

This monumental win over the fearsome champion earned Nonito his ticket to stardom and pushed Darchinyan’s hype train 30 stations backwards. After efforts for an immediate return bout failed, the two warriors seemed to have completely gone their separate ways. But who knew that after six years the Filipino Flash would face the Raging Bull once again?

This Sunday, November 10, Donaire-Darchinyan II will finally take place. With things ending so conclusively the first time around, some say that the second go is not enticing at all. But with Nonito coming off a loss against that Cuban bomber Rigondeaux, one wonders how hard Nonito is planning to go to once again prove that he's elite. Will the added experience make for an even faster demolition? Little storylines likes this give their rematch the potential to be as sweet as Donaire's 2007 masterpiece.

So what does the Filipino Flash have for us in this bout that we should all watch for? The answer lies in the five factors we lay out on the next page.

NEXT: First off, some drama: Nonito Jr.  has reconciled with Daddy Nonito!