Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. is scheduled to fight a unification bout with WBC 122-pound titlist Toshiaki Nishioka in October. But first he has to get past Dagul de Leon.
“My next fight is against Dagul Deleon of Palad ta ng Buot #visayan movie …JOKE!” Donaire quipped on his Facebook page on Sunday.
In the photo he attached, De Leon seems menacing enough and looks three or four weight classes heavier than Donaire. He is not a real prizefighter, however, but a character played by actor Mon Confiado in a Visayan indie film in which Nonito is making his acting debut.
“Palad Ta Ang Nagbuot”, which means “fate will decide”, is a remake of the 1969 Visayan film that starred the original Filipino boxing superstar who used the “Flash” moniker, Gabriel Elorde, opposite the Queen of Visayan Movies, Gloria Sevilla.
It was directed by Leroy Salvador. The remake starring Donaire is being directed by Sevilla’s son, Dandin Ranillo.
“I’m doing this movie to promote Visayan films,” Donaire told reporters when he arrived in the country last month after his victory over South Africa’s Jeffrey Mathebula in his first unification fight at 122 lbs.
The 29-year-old Filipino-American was born in Talibon, Bohol and spent most of his childhood in General Santos City before migrating to California at age 11.