Sunday, April 14, 2013
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Filipino fighter Nonito Donaire dropped a unanimous decision to undefeated Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila) in New York City.
The smaller Rigondeaux, who spent most of the middle rounds dancing around Donaire, won in 114-113, 115-112, and 116-111.
Donaire lost to the two-time Olympic champion despite scoring a knockdown in the 10th round, the most action-packed chapter of the fight that drew boos from the crowd in attendance.
“It was close. I don’t think he won the fight,” said Donaire, who nonetheless gave Rigondeaux credit.
“He did well. That was my mistake for not changing up.”
The loss continued a streak of tough losses for top Filipino fighters. Manny Pacquiao suffered back-to-back defeats to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, while Brian Viloria lost his title to Juan Francisco Estrada last week.
Donaire lost his WBA world junior featherweight title and saw his 12-year, 30-fight winning streak snapped.