Donaire, who became the second Filipino to win the award after Manny Pacquiao bagged it three times before, was the unanimous choice after scoring four sensational victories this year. In four fights, the General Santos City native scored seven knockdowns, including two knockout victories and two world titles.
The Filipino Flash vacated his bantamweight belts earlier this year before moving up to the junior featherweight division. He then faced Wilfredo Vasquez Jr, whom he defeated via split decision to capture the World Boxing Organization super bantamweight title, becoming the second Asian, next to Pacquiao, to win titles in four different divisions.
In July, Donaire put his WBO title on the line in a title unification bout against International Boxing Federation champion Jeffrey Mathebula. Donaire dominated the bout en route to a lopsided victory against the African, who sustained a broken jaw due to the beating he received from the Filipino champion.
After a dominating win over Mathebula, Donaire was pitted against Japanese veteran champion Toshiaki Nishioka. The Japanese’s experience wasn’t enough to overcome the skills and power of Donaire, who rolled on to a ninth-round knockout win.
And in arguably his best performance of the year, Donaire ended the year on a bright note. He scored a resounding third-round victory over Mexican warrior Jorge Arce to retain his WBO, World Boxing Council, and The Ring super bantamweight belts.
Aside from his performance on top of the ring, Donaire also made headlines after becoming the only fighter in the world to submit himself to a 24/7 blood testing program as part of his efforts to regain the good image of boxing, which has been tainted by several performance-enhancing drug scandals.
Talking about his decision, Donaire said: “I don’t mind it. I think it’s a good for the sport and I am going to do it. It’s a good idea. I have nothing to hide. I would love for all fighters to follow me, but not everybody is like me.”
Donaire is planning to fight again in March or April.