HOUSTON, Texas — Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire has asked the assistance of the National Historical Commission (NHC) to advise famous American professional ring announcer Michael Buffer on how to properly pronounce his surname for his upcoming match against Mexican boxing icon Jorge “El Travieso” Arce this Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).
World super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire said he is ready to face dangerous Mexican brawler Jorge Arce on December 16 (Manila time), just a couple of months after his last fight.
Last October, Donaire defeated Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka via a ninth round technical knockout. It was already his third bout of the year after defeating Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Jeffrey Mathbula via separate decisions.
In an interview with PhilBoxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz, Donaire said he has fully recovered from the hand injury that was aggravated during the Nishioka bout.
“My hand is definitely good and I’m ready for this fight,” Donaire said. (from ABS-CBN News)
“For years, my family’s name has been wrongfully pronounced by Mr. Michael Buffer,” said Donaire in the letter. “No amount of distinct announcing style via rolling of certain letters or inflections can mask the confusion it causes to the thousands in attendance and for the millions of viewers, watching at home.”
“I hope that your good office could take time to addressing this mistake, showing the same passion that you have in correcting the mistakes people had when singing our national anthem.”
The NHC for its part has promised to look into the matter and would personally bring it up to boxing promoter Bob Arum or personally contact Michael Buffer.
“We will lecture Mr. Buffer and clarify that Nonito’s surname is pronounced as ‘Doe-NIGH-ray’ and not ‘Doe-NIER’,” said Diokno.
“We would make sure that the proper diction and syllabification is exercised when addressing an athlete such as Nonito.”
She added, “Before getting ready to rumble, he must first learn how to say a person’s name properly.”