THE true warrior that he is, nothing it seems can prevent Mark Magsayo from fulfilling his passion.
Not even a deadly virus that has affected more than 12 million people around the world.
The 25-year-old Magsayo continues to train at the famed Wild Card gym of Freddie Roach almost two weeks since arriving in Los Angeles.
While a fight for the native of Tagbilaran, Bohol isn’t projected at least until September, Magsayo and his wife Frances braved the dangers of the pandemic, traveling to the US well ahead of schedule.
Never mind, too that California COVID-19 numbers continue to rise with 321,000 cases so far.
“Mainly we want to start training with coach Freddie and Justin (Fortune) so that Mark gets used to their routines and techniques,” said Frances.
On their way to the US alone is not easy especially with the Philippine government ordering strict travel restrictions.
Good thing, the Magsayos were able to get clearance from boxing great and Senator Manny Pacquiao, Mark being the latest addition to the growing list of fighters under the MP Promotions.
“(Good thing) we have a letter from MP Promotions guaranteeing that our travel is mainly for boxing and not for tourism,” said Mrs. Magsayo.
Mark’s daily routine starts as early as 6 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday as he spends time conditioning his body with Fortune. In the afternoon, Roach takes charge doing the mitts and other drills on the unbeaten Filipino.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday are reserved for sparring, while Sunday is rest day.
Like everybody else at the gym, the Magsayos are practicing and following strict health protocols.
Upon arrival in the US, the couple immediately underwent Covid-19 testing.
“We don’t want to put everyone at risk kasi, lalo na si coach Freddie,” said Frances, adding that only upon receiving the test result when they decided to finally proceed to the Wild Card gym in Hollywood.
“Worried din kami kasi galing kami sa travel,” she said.
Their US stay is much the same with how they spend time in Manila, mostly staying at home after Mark’s gym workouts.
“We are doing everything we can to be safe,” said Frances. “Hindi kami namamasyal or anything, Gym-bahay lang kami.
“Kung mag-grocery man kami, maramihan na para avoid namin yung paglabas-labas.”
Magsayo (20-0, 14 KOs) last fought in August of last year in his native of Tagbilaran, scoring a unanimous decision win over former two-time world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand.