Donaire's wife gives birth to baby boy

Posted at 07/16/2013 10:03 PM | Updated as of 07/16/2013 10:18 PM
Rachel Donaire with newborn son. -- photo from Nonito Donaire Jr.'s Facebook fan page

MANILA – The wife of 4-time world titlist boxer Nonito Donaire Jr., Rachel, gave birth to their first-born son Tuesday morning, BoxingScene.com said.

Donaire’s wife gave birth via Caesarean section to a baby boy named Jarel, which is reportedly an acronym for "Jun[ior] and Rachel, Everlasting Love.”

On his official Facebook fan page, Donaire expressed his thanks to all his supporters.

"Bonding time. Thanks to all the prayers. Rachel had to go through emergency C section, but everything is great 6lbs 12oz,” he said.

The couple had a scare last week when Rachel was brought to a hospital for straining a ligament after saving a drowning boy.

Donaire said the incident did not affect the pregnancy.

He earlier said he believes the birth of his son will boost his boxing career.

“I think it’s gonna motivate me to get that hunger back again,” Donaire said. “I am just very excited, so I think that’s gonna be something that’s gonna propel me into something bigger.”

Donaire will reportedly return to the ring in late October or early November.