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Victorious Donaire arrives home

Nonito Donaire, center, celebrates as referee Laurence Cole, right, holds up his arm after beating Jorge Arce in their WBO junior featherweight title boxing match Saturday in Houston. Donaire knocked Arce out in the third round. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

MANILA, Philippines – Nonito Donaire Jr. arrived in Manila early Wednesday, three days after his impressive knockout win over Jorge Arce in Houston.

Donaire touched down at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on board a Philippine Airlines flight from San Francisco at around 5:50 a.m.

The Filipino-American boxer was greeted by some fans upon his arrival.

Donaire made a strong case in winning the Fighter of the Year honor after his third-round disposal of Arce to retain his WBO super bantamweight title.

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