Donaire was named by PSA as the 2012 Athlete of the Year for his impressive feat last year that also made him a unanimous choice as 2012 Fighter of the Year by different sports bodies.
The reigning World Boxing Organization super bantamweight champion did not attend the awards night because he is currently training for his upcoming title-unification bout against World Boxing Association titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux.
That reason along is reasonable enough, but what drew the ire of the PSA is the fact that Donaire did not give any reason to the association. The PSA also added that they tried to reach Donaire’s camp but got no answer.
PSA president Rey Bancod was quoted as saying: “He didn’t show up for the second straight year and, again, there was no word from him or anything. I even asked help from some of the PSA members who are close to him but to no avail.”
Reacting on the statement of the PSA, Donaire apologized for the alleged snubbing of the event, saying that he was too busy training for his upcoming fight and asked PSA to understand his situation.
Donaire said: “I explained to numerous writers that I am less than four weeks away from what could be a tough fight and could not attend. I thank those who understand and support my decision, but if I am not training properly and lose, then there would be no awards in the future anyway. I need to focus. Sana they would understand that.”
The 30-year-old champion also missed last year’s PSA awards night when he was supposed to be honored as the 2011 co-Athlete of the Year with billiards champion Dennis Orcollo.