By now we already know that Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. pulverized Marvin Sansona and forced the latter to kiss the canvass in the fourth round of their battle for the WBO super bantamweight title.
Countless reasons have been swirling around concerning Sansona's crushing defeat but in my humble opinion, I think it is Sansona's very own attitude that is the root cause of his downfall.
To prove my point, here is an excerpt from an article written by Ronnie Nathanielsz of Philboxing.com dated back in January 4, 2010.
"Sonsona didn’t take the flight from his hometown of General Santos City to Manila forcing Gello-ani to cancel the flights of trainer Nonito Donaire Sr and Ciso “Kid Terrible” Morales who were scheduled to leave for Los Angeles, Monday, together with Sonsona. There was no word on why Sonsona didn’t take the flight.
www.insidesports.ph, Standard Today and Viva Sports learned that Sonsona, who was spending his Christmas and New Year holidays in GenSan, hasn’t been training. Elite trainer Donaire Sr is visibly concerned over Sonsona’s attitude in the face of his forthcoming world title fight."
As far as I know about preparing boxers for a world title fight, the allotted time is usually about 8-10 weeks. Going back to the day the above article was written, January 4 is eight weeks before Sansona's scheduled showdown which is February 28. Therefore, if Sansona was still on vacation mode on this day then we all know there is a big problem.
Correct me if I'm wrong but even Manny Pacquiao, currently the world's best boxer, religiously follows the eight weeks at least training program. How much more someone who is not even near Pacman's level?
I am not saying that Sansona didn't care about this fight at all but the fact that he did not train on time is a manifestation that he was not taking it as seriously as he should have.
This is not the first time Sansona has been accused of being undisciplined. To recall, he was blasted by critics after his fight with Alejandro Hernandez for not making the weight and for putting up a lackluster performance.
Many believe that because Sansona is still very young he can definitely bounce back from those setbacks. I wouldn't be too optimistic for I believe that if the sickness lies in the attitude then it is something no trainer or promoter can cure.
The shadow of uncertainty now clouds the future of Marvin Sansona.