Donaire asks journalists to leave family alone
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing champ Nonito Donaire Jr. has asked some members of the media to back off in the wake of the now-resolved dispute between him and his father, Nonito Sr.
He said some sports journalists should stop meddling in his private life.
In his tirades of tweets, he mentioned sports journalist Chino Trinidad and Philboxing.com writers Manny Piñol and Granville Ampong.
Donaire has engaged Trinidad in bitter war of words on Twitter over the issue.
The "Filipino Flash" also warned Piñol and Ampong to stay away.
"Why dont u cm pick a fight with sm1 ur on size huh? ME AND PAPANG also said it was the media. We ALL pointed at U! So back off," he said.
Donaire, however, later clarified that he never threatened to punch journalists.
He said he was upset by some journalists who accused his wife of having caused the rift between him and his father.
"Ang problem naman dun eh is that they're singling out Rachel, eh.... Hindi naman lahat ginawa ni Rachel, eh," he told ABS-CBN News last Saturday night in Los Angeles, California (Sunday in Manila).
"Ayaw nilang sabihin ang pangalan ko. Ayaw nilang sabihin pangalan ng father ko. Parang gusto nila i-blame si Rachel lang," the "Filipino Flash" added.
Trinidad fires back
The journalists whom Donaire accused of meddling in his affairs have fought back.
He also warned the boxer to stop attacking him and his family.
In his most-recent tweet, Trinidad said he will end the issue before it blows out of proportions.
"BAGO MAGING PIYESTA ITO E AKO NA ANG GAGAWA NG UNANG HAKBANG PAGTAHIMIK NA LANG AT NG PAGPAPA-DIYOS NG KUNG ANO MAN ANG NAMAMAGITAN SA AMIN NI NONITO DONAIRE JR..." he said.
'Victory has many fathers; Defeat is an orphan'
Piñol, a former Cotabato governor, aired his side in his Philboxing.com column on Monday.
"I hope I will be able to shake you back to your senses, bring you back to earth again and make you realize that the triumph that you have just achieved, the euphoria, the celebration and the adulation that you enjoy now will have an end. That would make you a better champion and son," he told Donaire.
Piñol said he does not completely believe Donaire Jr's "sudden turn-around" after reconciling with his father.
The writer believes the boxer has a "real motive," claiming that the elder Donaire planned to file libel charges against the boxer and his wife.
"If you are really sincere in your reconciliation with your father, why don't you take him back as part of your team, even just as a cutman? That would really be the best proof that you action was sincere," he said.
Piñol also asked Donaire Jr. to keep his feet "firmly" planted on the ground.
"With that issue laid to rest, let me remind you again: Victory has many fathers; Defeat is an orphan," he said.
"[D]o not be carried away by all of these praises heaped on you now. Puede kang magyabang ng kaunti dahil champion ka na," the columnist added.
Although, Piñol admitted:
"I have to admit that in handling the story of your feud with Nonito Sr. I was biased in favor of your father. He is a dear friend and I saw how he was pained and how he suffered during the three years that you abandoned him because like him, I am a father. In all of those times, I comforted your father telling him that the crisis will certainly have an end."
All is well
Amid the row, Donaire told ABS-CBN News that he is elated in having finally patched things up with his father.
"We're clearing it up... Ang masaya lang doon masaya kami kasi buo na kami ng family ko," he said.
Rachel also expressed satisfaction with the reconciliation.
"I'm happy it makes sleep a lot easier. You don't have to worry about the next morning about what this day has that I have to overcome," she said.
"Knowing that both families have agreed that enough is enough and this has gotten way out of hand, we're both on the same path and that way it makes the family stronger," the taekwondo black-belter added.
Donaire said he is still unsure when he will leave the US for the Philippines.
He plans to spend about a month in the country before heading back to his training camp.
The Filipino Flash's next fight is scheduled for the end of May. His opponent has yet to be named.
The fight will also be a chance to bring the Donaires family closer, as the "Filipino Flash" is arranging for his older brother, Glenn, to fight in the undercard. – Reports from Barry Viloria, abs-cbnNEWS.com; and Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News North America Bureau