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While in Japan to talk about lending a hand to Japanese fighters aside from vacationing, WBO and WBC bantamweight World Champion Nonito Donaire, Jr. was lucky enough to meet the creator/writer of one of his all-time favorite comic book, or Manga, Hajime no Ippo.
For Manga and Anime fans, the name Morikawa Jouji or George Morikawa, is synonymous to the Stan Lees and Bill Fingers of the western comic book world.
Morikawa is the writer/ creator of the boxing themed Manga Hajime no Ippo, which garnered him the 15th Kodansha Manga Award back in 1991 and has become a worldwide hit.
“IT WAS AMAZING!” Donaire told me as his eyes lit up while recalling his encounter with Morikawa.
“Mr. Morikawa is amazing. I’m such a big fan. Ever since 2000, 2001, I’ve always read his Mangas, I’ve seen the movies. It was amazing,” Donaire continued.
What Donaire didn’t know was that Morikawa, who owns his own boxing gym, JB Sports Gym in Japan, is also a big fan of his.
“I didn’t know he’s a big fan of me as well. He said that if he made a character of me, there’s nobody in the Manga that can beat me. He was saying that I don’t have any weaknesses. He’s very knowledgable of boxing, that was pretty cool,” Donaire said.
As a parting gift, Morikawa gave Donaire original prints of his work with Ippo, and also promised to draw a character based on him and publish their picture on the back of his next issue of Ippo.
Donaire also revealed to me that he will be going back to Japan in a couple of weeks to share his knowledge and boxing expertise to their fighters out there, in an effort to spread goodwill through the sport of boxing.
But the real question begs to be asked: Who wins between Nonito and Ippo in a fantasy match-up???
Post your answers and comments below and explain why!
- (CLICK HERE TO WATCH MY VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH DONAIRE TALKING ABOUT MEETING MORIKAWA IN JAPAN)
- (CLICK THIS LINK FOR MY VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH NONITO DONAIRE, JR. TALKING ABOUT PACQUIAO-MARQUEZ 3)
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