Boxing has been a sport of different relationships many started boxing because of an enticing friend or the most common is family tradition.
We have witness a lot of father and son tandem where in sons are trained by their respective fathers. Eric Morales and Joe Calzaghe earned their names in boxing through the watchful eyes of their fathers. Our Dad’s would be our greatest critic because there is no apprehension there’s nothing to hold them in telling you what’s the truth and if your performance is great or not plain and simple they know what’s best and most of all at the end of the day they are still family.
Nonito Donaire Jr. was virtually an unknown fighter together with his brother Glenn they were trained and patiently coached by their Dad Nonito Donaire Sr. Nonito had his first break when he knock the cocky Darchinyan and grab the IBF and IBO titles.
Nonito after a long layoff fought Moruti Mthalane and scored a 6th round TKO against a stubborn African. Although a win was a win but I saw a different Nonito fighting on that day although ring rust after a long layoff could be the factor but he was not the same jubilant Nonito I saw during their match with Darchinyan.
Nonito Sr. criticized his son for an average 5 out of 10 performance. If not for the bleeding eyelid of Mthalane, Jr. could be in a real trouble as the fight change momentum and Mthalane’s shots are already finding its range. There were times in the fight when the crowd booed Nonito after seconds of not engaging against the game Mthalane.
Like I said our Dad is our greatest critic and Nonito Sr. found many loopholes against Jr. that day.
The once sweet chemistry between father and son turned to bitter and sour as Dad blamed his son’s wife for the sloppy performance. I think Nonito Jr. should know by now that his Dad only wants the best for him. During training boxers have to sacrifice a lot and part of it is to abstain from sex. Manny Pacquiao, Eric Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera had to leave their wives to train. I’m not condemning Nonito for being with his wife but training is a different thing.
This family affair could be easily patched up and I think the best way for them is to sit down and talk things out. I know like all Dad’s we always have the heart for our son. No matter how hurt or no matter what happens after all at the end of the day we are still family.