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Mark Magsayo begins next phase of career Saturday

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The latest protégé of Manny Pacquiao fights Saturday on Fox Sports 1.

Mark Magsayo, an unbeaten featherweight contender from Manila, is scheduled to face Mexican Rigoberto Hermosillo in the main event on Saturday night at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Magsayo (20-0, 14 KOs) signed with MP Promotions in March and has begun working with trainer Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s longtime mentor, in Hollywood, Calif.

The talented boxer-puncher trained briefly with Roach in January, they developed a rapport and they ultimately decided to work together long term. Magsayo recently returned to L.A. to prepare for Hermosillo.

“I am so very grateful that I am going back to training with coach Freddie, because I enjoy training with him, and I am learning a lot every time,” Magsayo told Inquirer.net of the Philippines.

The plan, Pacquiao representative Sean Gibbons said, is for Magsayo and Roach to get more work together and then target a world title.

Magsayo is ranked by three of the four major sanctioning bodies – No. 4 by the IBF, No. 11 by the WBA and No. 5 by the WBC.


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“The purpose was to get Mark here to get him adapted to working with Freddie Roach, to really start finally getting that break,” Gibbons said. “With his type of record, I could see him fighting for a world title within four fights.”

Magsayo has been on a good run, blowing past his opposition by clear decisions or knockouts. He is coming off a near-shutout decision over former bantamweight titleholder Panya Uthok in August of last year in the Philippines.

Hermosillo (11-2-1, 8 KOs) has lost his last two fights – decisions against Manny Robles III and Viktor Slavinskyi last year – but that might be misleading. He was competitive in those fights, particularly against the then-unbeaten Robles.

And he presents physical  challenges: He’s 5-foot-9, three inches taller than Magsayo. And he’s a southpaw.

“It’s definitely going to be an acid test for [Magsayo],” Gibbons told Spin.ph. “He’s fighting a tough Mexican. The guy doesn’t have a big record but he had a lot of fights amateur-wise in Mexico.

“His record is very deceiving. He’s a very tough, rugged southpaw. … A lot of these guys won’t fight Rigoberto because he’s a left-hander, he’s a tall guy and he’s an aggressive guy.”

Also on the card, welterweight prospect Paul Kroll (7-0, 6 KOs) of Philadelphia faces Lucas Santamaria (11-1-1, 7 KOs) of the Los Angeles area in a scheduled 10-round bout.

Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

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