Nonito Donaire made sure of that with one monstrous left hook to the head of Fernando Montiel that in effect ended a much-anticipated bantamweight showdown before 4,805 Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
Montiel fell flat on his back, was somehow able to stagger to his feet but the fight was stopped after a quick combination by Donaire at 2:25 of the round, giving the Filipino-born American Montiel’s two 118-pound belts.
The knockout itself was breathtaking,no one from the crowd that can imagine before it was happened.
The sheer drama of the moment drawing a gasp from an evenly divided crowd.
Even the close friend of Donaire ,Andre Ward showed himself of never expecting these to happened by saying to everyone in a word simply: "WOW!"
The even-more astonishing aspect of the moment was who Donaire knocked out. This was no chump. This was one of the best fighters in the world, a tested veteran who is rated No. 7 on THE RING’s Top 10 pound-for-pound list and had lost only two close decisions in his career.
And Donaire dismissed him with a single punch, one that rivals Pacquiao’s one-punch, second-round KO of Ricky Hatton in 2009.