Coming off an impressive knockout win over former bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel just over three weeks ago, you’d think Nonito Donaire could use a long, clean break.
But it is only the beginning to an otherwise very uncharacteristic past two weeks for the Filipino Flash, courtesy of two unlikely new opponents: the Donaire family and more recently, a slew of sports analysts.
Nonito Sr., for one, has been on a two-year rift with Nonito Jr., most of which allegedly has plenty to do with money and the latter’s decision to change trainer.
Nonito’s mother on the other hand somehow failed to convince his son to reconcile with his estranged father, prolonging their feud.
The family eventually settled their differences after meeting last Friday, March 3, with Nonito and his parents putting the blame on the media for all the rumors that circulated within them. The Donaires in particular cited sports writers Chino Trinidad, Granville Ampong, and Anthony Andales as the culprits.
“To Chino Trinidad, Recah Trinidad, to Anthony Andales, and to Granville Ampong, you're not gonna destroy the Donaire family,” says Nonito’s wife Rachel on his official website. “And you better go find another tsismis to go, actually, bring any more hits to your site.”
Thus, Chino Trinidad shouts back:”Kung matapang ka talaga, Nonito Jr., alam mo kung saan mo ako makikita. Hihintayin kita. Hindi ako natatakot sa isang hikain at iyakin. Madami na akong nakita na kagaya mo in this lifetime."
It’s such a reprehensible situation, Nonito’s ongoing dispute with the sports media. Much like LeBron James stained his public image by going through “The Decision”, athletes and the media should never cross the boundaries of their job descriptions.
This swelling issue has eclipsed Donaire’s boxing career altogether. Many aren’t even aware that Nonito’s next bout would be against Panamanian Anselmo Moreno in May. On the line are the Ring, WBC, WBO, and WBA Bantamweight World titles. The month of May is obviously big for Philippine boxing.
A surging star athlete like Nonito after all can make good use of the media’s acknowledgment to continue being relevant in Philippine boxing. Same can be said to Chino and the others, who may not find another boxing prodigy in this lifetime outside of Donaire and Pacquiao.
So to Nonito, Chino, and the rest of the media involved – how about we get this over with, yes? We sure could use a clean shaven idol in Donaire, and this is not the way to do it.