KEY POINTS

  • Freddie Roach feels Mark Magsayo didn't show his true potential during his fight with Rigoberto Hermosillo
  • Magsayo is one of the best punchers for Roach
  • Roach is likely to work on the flaws Magsayo showed in the Hermosillo fight

Mark Magsayo, the newest addition to the Manny Pacquiao camp, finally got his first win after a year of waiting. However, there are some who feel he showed some rust in his debut fight for MP Promotions.

After the fight, coach Freddie Roach revealed that Magsayo is one of the best punchers he had in the gym. He felt that the pride of Bohol, Philippines was not unloading his all, something that they are expected to work on moving forward.

"He wasn't letting his hands go enough. We just need him to keep throwing more combinations, but he did enough to win the fight and we're grateful for that," Roach said via Boxingscene.

Some felt Magsayo was the odds-on-favorite to hack out an impressive win. But to the surprise of many, the 25-year-old got more than what he bargained for against Mexican foe Rigoberto Hermosillo. Despite the short notice, the 28-year-old pug made a good account of himself, even though the final verdict went Magsayo’s way.

Hermosillo held the advantage in total punches landed and thrown. However, the punches of the Filipino fighter appeared to have done more damage. Also, Magsayo had a more accurate clip, connecting on 33% of his shots compared to Hermosillo’s 21%, according to Compubox.

Based on the number of punches, pundits felt that the result could have gone either way. Most saw the aggressive nature of the Mexican, believing he could have won the fight. Magsayo did have his moments, particularly in the ninth round when he was told by legendary trainer Roach to pick up the pace.

This saw Hermosillo retreat for the first time in the main event. The Mexican hit the canvas, but it was ruled as a slip by referee Jack Reiss.

In the end, two judges scored it 100-90 and 96-94 in favor of Magsayo. Dr. Lou Moret scored it for Hermosillo 96-94. Of the scores, the 100-90 scoring of Rudy Baragan drew flak.

Magsayo said it was great getting his first win under the watch of Roach. He credits the legendary trainer for getting him into shape and is looking forward to facing other fighters in his division.

"Freddie got me in great shape for this fight and I'm happy working with him. I faced a tough fighter, but I know I'm ready to beat anyone in the division," Magsayo said.

Legendary trainer Freddie Roach Legendary trainer Freddie Roach Photo: Getty Images | Mark Runnacles/Getty Images