President Benigno S. Aquino III congratulates the Philippines’ pride, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Bantamweight Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Jr. during the courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (December 20). Donaire, a four-division world champion, knocked out Mexican boxer Jorge Arce in the 3rd round of their WBO super bantamweight fight in Houston, Texas last December 15, 2012. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Dec 19 (Mabuhay) –A victorious Nonito Donaire Jr. returned to the Philippines Wednesday, following his third-round KO of Jorge Arce in a successful defense of his WBO and Ring Magazine Super Bantamweight title, and told reporters that he had picked up a few pointers from Manny Pacquiao’s loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.

“Alam ko kasi si Manny [Pacquiao] in that fight [against Juan Manuel Marquez], he did well. Maganda ang footwork, power, speed. Tinamaan lang siya ng di niya nakitang suntok.

“Alam ko na yun ang hinihintay ng mga Mexicano, something to surprise me with. I learned from that mistake, that I would be aware of anything.”

Just a week prior to Donaire’s victory, Pacquiao had suffered a sixth-round KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in the duo’s fourth meeting. Marquez properly timed a vicious counter-punch that sent the Filipino ring icon to the canvas floor.

Donaire also credited his victory to a smarter gameplan, adding, “Kailangan ko ng intelligence. Kung bara-bara lang, suntok ng suntok, matamaan din ako. So I had to set him [Arce] up properly.”

The “Filipino Flash’s” record now stands at 31-1, with 20 wins by KO. (MNS)