Pound for pound boxer Nonito Donaire has sensationally revealed that childhood hardships almost led to the multi-weight champion and fighting superstar taking his own life at the age of just ten.
The 30 year-old, who is top contender for WBN Fighter of the Year 2012 on the back of four victories from four this year, told Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix in a candid interview of his mental troubles growing up.
“I felt like I didn’t belong. My family didn’t have much. We didn’t need an extra mouth to feed,” stated Donaire, who admits he tried to hang himself with a makeshift rope from his bunk bed as a child.
Luckily, the current WBO super-bantamweight champion thought otherwise and has entertained millions of fans since with his meteoric rise to the top of the boxing world, having defeated some of the best champions around his weight-class for more than five years.
Donaire, who’s only defeat in 32 is a five round decision in just his second pro outing, has now overtaken compatriot Manny Pacquiao as the premiere athlete from his native country and is a close second to the best fighter on the planet, Floyd Mayweather Jr.