MANILA, Philippines – Boxing coach Robert Garcia is glad that Filipino-American boxer Nonito Donaire Jr. has finally reunited with his father, Donaire Sr.
Garcia told veteran sports commentator Ronnie Nathanielsz that he also welcomed reports that Nonito wants his father back in his corner as the “Filipino Flash” prepares for his comeback fight.
“That’s awesome” said Garcia in Nathanielsz’s column Inside Sports.
"It’s always a great relationship between father and son. Forget bad-mouthing each other. They had differences for a few years and I’m glad it’s over.”
It was Donaire Sr. who coached the Filipino Flash from the boxer’s amateur years up to the professional ranks. He manned Nonito’s corner during the Filipino boxer’s sensational win over Vic Darchinyan in 2007.
However, they parted ways a year later due to personal differences.
Five years later, Nonito invited his father to his Las Vegas home to introduce his first born, Jarel.
“Humingi naman ako ng tawad sa kanila at sabi ko kalimutan na 'yung mga nakaraan. Nag-sorry din naman sila pero ngayon talagang masaya ang pamilya namin na maayos na ang lahat,” said Donaire Sr. in an interview with Solar Sport’s Dennis Principe.
Donaire Sr. said he again received a call from Nonito the following day. This time, Nonito invited his father to join his training camp for his upcoming rematch against Darchinyan.
“Dun na niya sinabi sa akin na magsama uli kami sa boxing. Nagka-goosebumps talaga ako nung sinabi niya sa akin 'yun,” said Donaire Sr.