HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 15:  Nonito Donaire of the Philippines (L) boxes with Jorge Arce of Mexico during their WBO World Super Bantamweight bout at the Toyota Center on December 15, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Days after being cited as ESPN's and Sports Illustrated (online edition) top boxer for 2012, Donaire was selected by Ring magazine as Fighter of the Year.
As Pacquiao took a nosedive, Donaire's star sparkled like no other as the Filipino-American puncher string up four major victories, capped by his smashing one-punch third-round knockout of Jorge Arce of Mexico in Houston two weeks before the end of the year.

In a story written by staffer Doug Fisher in the Ring's online edition, Donaire garnered 55 percent of votes cast, way ahead of Juan Manuel Marquez, who was likewise brilliant in his sixth-round beatdown of Pacquiao.
The 39-year-old Marquez, whose other fight in 2012 was in April, a decision win over Sergey Fedchenko of Ukraine, got 27 percent.
The Arce win punctuated a busy and sensational year for Donaire, who also posted wins over Wilfredo Vazquez of Puerto Rico, Jeffrey Mathebula of South Africa and Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan.
The fact that Donaire saw action four times in 12 months, a rarity these days, is a testament to his exemplary skills.
Although the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWA) has yet to formally vote on its choice as Fighter of the Year for 2012, Donaire will be tough to beat for the honor.
The BWAA award is a crowning glory for any fighter as it ranks among the top prize being handed annually.
Pacquiao had won the BWAA Fighter of the Year award three times (2006, 2008, 2009), one of the very few who had won it thrice.
Donaire is the leading candidate for the BWAA award and others on the list are Marquez, Danny Garcia, Robert Guerrero and even Brian Viloria, who registered two impressive knockout victories in 2012.

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