HOUSTON, Texas -- A week after Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Paquiao in a shocking, non-title bout loss, FilAm Nonito "Filipino Flash" Donaire, 30, returned the favor to his opponent, Mexican fighter Jorge Arce, 33, (61-7-2, 46 KOs), at the Toyota Center on December 15. He sent Arce reeling to the canvas in the third round at 2:59 after unleashing a left hook to Arce's chin.
Arce had his mouthpiece out when the referee began counting and the fight was called off. Toyota Cente, which was booming with cheers of "Mexico, Mexico" when Arce entered the ring, suddenly quieted down when Arce went crashing to the canvas in the second round. He beat the count and even dared Donaire to get him.