GETTING OVER: Nonito Donaire KO3 Jorge Arce


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Christmas came early to The Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, as Top Rank rewarded Nonito Donaire with a cakewalk against former flyweight rascal Jorge Arce. To the surprise of no one, Donaire flattened Arce in the third round of a fight that was more spectacle than spectacular.

Donaire, San Leandro, California, had already notched victories over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, Jeffrey Mathebula, and Toshiaki Nishioka in 2012, with each win eliciting criticism from keyboards and boos from crowds. In casting Arce as the foil, Top Rank scripted a scene where Donaire would look spectacular against the aging, undersized, but still adored Mexican icon.

That both fighters adopted approaches contrary to their natural inclinations betrayed the mismatch this fight proved to be. Prone to spending large portions of his fights hoping that his opponent will be kind enough to present an opening, Donaire, 121 1/2, dropped his usual style and went on the aggressive. Arce, Los Mochis, Mexico, once one of the more earnest dervishes in the sport, was forced toward the ropes, where he could do little but watch his antagonist move into range. Donaire landed his vaunted left hook, straight right, and left uppercut in the round. Arce was justified in being wary.

The second round saw Arce, 122, dropped for opening up. A counter right from Donaire forced Arce to his knee. Arce responded to the knockdown with the spirit that has endeared him to so many, tearing after Donaire, and even landing a left hook (what does it say of this fight that the word “even” is appropriate here?). Soon after, a counter left uppercut from Donaire stiffened Arce’s legs, tempering the smaller man’s aggression. The remainder of the round saw Donaire use his jab while measuring his counter left hook. In the third round he found the distance he wanted.

There is a brutal logic to Donaire’s fights, something akin to modus ponens, that says: “Opponents who attack me are knocked senseless. If you are such a foe, you will be deprived of your consciousness.” In the third round, Arce, aggression ever his currency, invited exchanges and the inevitable conclusion. Playing dead might have been a more effective tactic. The end started with a right hand from Donaire that left Arce in a tangle of limbs near the ropes for a second knockdown. Arce beat the count, and wanted to continue; his fighting spirit as much a virtue as a lemming’s urge to swim. Donaire moved in and landed a left hook that sprawled Arce on his back. The official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of the third round.

The fight was a gross mismatch, and expectations of anything but a knockout win for Donaire, now 31-1 (20), were ludicrous. Top Rank delivered Arce because he promised to make Donaire captivating. This is specious reasoning. The knockout itself, as a showcase of athleticism was impressive, but a spectacular knockout requires the proper context. Pancaking a guy picked for that purpose is hardly the stuff of legend, and neither drama nor excitement accompanied the inevitable last night.

When pressed for future opponents, Donaire mentioned Abner Mares, who has been challenging Donaire publicly. The rivalry between Top Rank and Golden Boy is likely to scuttle the fight until one of the combatants can change promoters. Instead of the fight everyone wants, a fight with Top Rank stablemate Guillermo Rigondeaux is probably next for the Filipino.

Arce, 61-7-2 (46), if he is to be taken at his word, has retired. Of course, Arce is a born fighter, and the odds of him staying beyond the ropes are slim. No, he could not beat Donaire, but surely he will start to think there are others he can best, especially before throngs of adoring fans in Mexico. Before departing the ring, Arce offered his only English sentence of the night to another retiree. Smiling at Larry Merchant, Arce said, “You are the best.” Fighters like Arce, those lovable pugs who smile through the blood, who understand the gravity of the performance, and who hurl punches with a zeal born of a joy in violence and a responsibility to the crowd, are a dying breed. There is room among the best for him as well.

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  • Leonides Jocson Casibo

    Dear Soury,
    not a mismatch! it is more outclass! unless you’re Jorge Arce’s Uncle.
    be fair.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610421327 JB Ablaza Macatulad

      no, it was a mismatch from the very beginning. simply put, donaire and arce two different classes of fighters, like mayweather vs gatti. but that’s ok. considering the hectic 2012 campaign that donaire had, he deserved an easy fight, which this was.

      • Jimmy Tobin

        I endorse this message.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sophie.santos.35 Sophie Santos

    I didn’t count Arce entirely out, he’s a veteran and a true fighter. To say that it was a mismatch with Donaire is pure insinuation.

    • Jimmy Tobin

      I got this from a sports betting site. You tell me if this was a mismatch. Also, I wasn’t insinuating anything–I explicitly called this a mismatch.

      “As you can probably imagine, Donaire is a sizeable favorite in this fight. Here are the most current odds, courtesy of Bet365:

      Jorge Arce, +600

      Nonito Donaire, -1250

      These odds means that a $100 bet on Arce would yield a total profit of
      $600 if he manages to win, while a $1,250 bet on Donaire would yield a
      total profit of $100″

      Here’s the link. http://www.sports-king.com/nonito-donaire-vs-jorge-arce-betting-odds-583/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Manuel-Pacheco/100000324208720 Manuel Pacheco

    well this donaire/arce fight WAS a total mismatch. donaire is peaking at the right time now with a fantastic 2012 while arce has been on the downside for years. even stevie wonder could clearly see this was a mismatch. but let’s not take anything away from donaire cause he looked dominating again. i also want to thank jorge arce for a great hall of fame career. with his induction, he will become mexico’s 43rd WBHOF/IBHOF inductee which is second only to the united states. congrats jorce!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynan-Loli/100001953580296 Reynan Loli

      this is not a mismatch!
      Donaire over powered and overskills! That’s why look like a mismatch!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynan-Loli/100001953580296 Reynan Loli

      Its very clear and as bright like a sun! Donaire outclassed Arce very clearly!
      Skills & power plus ring genelralship!

    • vince_bugaboo

      You’d be also saying the same thing had marquez lost to Pacquiao. “Marquez is old, is a grandfather, a relic of a fighter, worn-out fighter, etc.”

      • Jimmy Tobin

        That’s not true, because Marquez is well preserved, and a better fighter than Arce. Besides, Marquez didn’t lose to Pacquiao–he left him a heaving mess.

    • http://www.facebook.com/terdsaek.datsboygym Dranreb Datsboygym

      43rd wbhof/ibhof for mexico? weeeeeeeee??? oooowwwssss!!! i already checked lately in the website of the WBHOF as well as the WBHOF and i only saw it that mexico had 3 boxing hall of famer so how could a CHICANOS like long time DECADE of SOUR GRAPPING can say that his original citizenship produced that numbers without carefull checking into the website of WBHOF/IBHOF??? senior PACHECO always a LAUGHABLE human being lol…lol…lol.

    • Jimmy Tobin

      Well said. I wasn’t taking anything away from Donaire, who did what he was supposed to do. I’m just not going to dance naked in the streets over a KO of Arce.

    • vince_bugaboo

      write some more thrash, pacheco! food is food for jimmy tobin!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3NX6SLZAWPDFCZA77EAJ23EYXQ dennis

    Are you whining?
    Arce is undefeated for last 12 fights, He is “his own man”, he is not a bait contrary to your beliefs. Nonito is just an excellent boxer, so don’t take credit away from the person, be a reasonable writer!

    • Jimmy Tobin

      Arce is 9-1-1 with 1 NC in his last 12 fights. Not sure what you’re talking about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jjtraps Jason Trapani

    now that thw fight ended early, you’re saying it’s a mismatch, biased “blogger”.. your not a reporter coz you’re one sided..obvious bias.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynan-Loli/100001953580296 Reynan Loli

      this writer is not real writer! Writer in a sense, have/had a tremendous mind and bright idea and a fair mind! This blogger not a writer is very obvious!
      I think this column is a mismatch very clearly! And as bright like a sun!

      • Jimmy Tobin

        You’re right! This column is a mismatch when compared to the comments section.

    • Jimmy Tobin

      No, I’m saying it’s a mismatch because I don’t have a bias. I’m not, for example, someone whose nationalism blinds them to reality.

      • vince_bugaboo

        it’s time you stop moonlighting as a so-called writer, junior. real sports writers would make you their laughingstock. your capability to write is a mismatch with theirs. lol!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynan-Loli/100001953580296 Reynan Loli

    Donaire outclassed this writer!

  • vince_bugaboo

    Since I saw Jorge Arce fought a certain Hussein I became his follower. Arce’s nose became a pulp and was a fountain of blood, but his tenacity and ferociousness got the better of his opponent. This time I rooted for Donaire because I am a Filipino, but I’m sorry he lost. However, his loss doesn’t diminish his greatness as a fighter because he only lost to the best. Congratulations to Donaire and salute to Jorge Arce!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610421327 JB Ablaza Macatulad

      you like arce for the same reason that i like him, he’s got heart and toughness, but that doesn’t make him an elite fighter, much in the same way that it didn’t make gatti nor ward elite fighters. rios and margarito are in the same mold. they are essentially club fighters, fun to watch because of their heart and guts, but unfortunately, have little skill in comparison to true elite fighters like donaire, pacquiao, mayweather, marquez, hopkins, ward, et al. fighters like arce and gatti are hbo ppv draws because they’re fun to watch, but you will never find them on any p4p list. they won’t even make the top 20. donaire will be, or should be, at least top 3 in all lists. that is why this fight was a mismatch.

    • Jimmy Tobin

      I agree, losing to Donaire doesn’t diminish Arce in any way. Donaire is just a bigger, stronger, faster, more powerful opponent.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610421327 JB Ablaza Macatulad

        i’d agree with you completely if only by “bigger”, you mean taller. donaire weighed 129 on fight night, arce 135.

  • vince_bugaboo

    It was not a mismatch. Remember Arce demolishing Vasquez while the latter survived for 12 rounds against Donaire? To put this bout as a mismatch is belittling both fighters. To be more accurate and respectful to both is to sum it up
    like this: Donaire was simply better against a great Arce. But a mismatch? Never!

    • Jimmy Tobin

      Arce is not great, not at this weight, and not at this juncture of his career. You need only to look at the betting odds for the fight to understand that. Arce was selected to make Donaire look good. This was an obvious mismatch, and it played out like one.

      • vince_bugaboo

        arce was not selected to fight donaire; he wanted the fight because he knew he was capable of defeating donaire. no one risks one’s health for money or for a show no matter for whom. you insult arce with your kind of fantasy.

  • vince_bugaboo

    Had Marquez lost to Pacquiao, pundits, including this writer, would be saying Marquez was 39 years old, soooo old and ancient, worn-out fighter, And that Pacquiao fights only over the hill opponents like him, margarito and dela hoya, etc., etc.

    • Jimmy Tobin

      Did you see Marquez last week? Man, he punched a hole in Pacquiao’s skull. It was awesome.

      • vince_bugaboo

        awesome doses of PEDs, you mean.

      • vince_bugaboo

        and if pacquiao did not become careless and over-confident and he proceeded to annihilate marquez, you’d be saying the latter was sooo old, and the bout was mismatch.

  • scott christianson

    Good piece Jimmy,

    Love Arce and his fighting spirit, but aside from a few of the earlier commenters, it was a foregone conclusion that he would be iced at some point. I am happy that he held out a couple times until his retirement price was reached and good for him for getting it, guy has lollipops to pay for. Donaire did what he had to do and looked impressive doing it, but still needs to develop an offense outside of destructive counter punching or his uneven performances will continue when he isn’t gift wrapped a KO like this past weekend

    • vince_bugaboo

      oh wow! now the great Jorge Arce has become a cannon fodder!
      Jorge, don’t retire yet and prove these clowns wrong, will you??

    • Jimmy Tobin

      Thanks Skillz,
      I’m glad Arce got another quality payday before he hits the seniors circuit. Donaire showed a purposeful jab on Saturday, which was nice to see–and he even threw some body shots!! If he did both of those things more often he wouldn’t be so dependent on countering and waiting for mistakes. We’ll see what happens the next time he faces a threat.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/E422KEFIWEQBOVJ54ALRSBJB24 JACK

        so what can you say about marquez countering? is he boring since he is waiting for his opponents to commit mistakes and open up?