Senators congratulated boxer Nonito â€œThe Filipino Flashâ€ Donaire despite his loss against Mexican-American Jessie Magdaleno in unanimous decision Sunday morning (Manila time) at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
â€œWe hold our head high for our kababayan, Nonito â€œThe Filipino Flashâ€ Donaire, who lost the WBO super bantamweight to challenger Jessie Magdaleno,â€ Senator Nancy Binay said in a statement.
Binay said that Donaire, who is 33 years old, showed that he could still compete against younger opponents like 24 year-old Magdaleno.
â€œNonito showed us that we remain graceful in defeat, never losing hope and striving to get back up on our feet against adversity,â€ the senator added.
Senator Joseph Victor â€œJVâ€ Ejercito on his official Twitter account pointed out that Magdalenoâ€™s win was due to a â€œyouth advantageâ€ and noted that he still fought â€œlike a true warrior.â€
The bout between Donaire and Magdaleno lasted for 12 rounds where the judges decided in favor of Magdaleno, 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110.
This makes Magdaleno the new WBO world super bantamweight champion. (PNA)