HOLLYWOOD – It’s been five days since the fight, and Manny Pacquiao has since returned to the warm embrace of his countrymen.
But Marvin Somodio, the Filipino strength and conditioning coach of Pacquiao, still finds it hard to accept and overcome the brutal manner in which the Philippine pride lost to rival Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico on a cold night in Las Vegas last Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).
“Ang hirap kumain,” he intimated to Spin.ph. “Hindi mo kasi akalain na matatapos ng ganun.”
Pacquiao was knocked out cold by Marquez, whose smashing right hand in the final second of the sixth round dropped the charismatic Filipino to the canvas face first, and left him unconscious for a minute or two.
Somodio said he watched the tape of the fight a couple of times, and each time it still left him in shock until now.
Somodio's employer, Freddie Roach, even had to persuade him to have dinner shortly after the bout as Somodio retreated to the confines of his hotel room to regain his bearings.
Like a supportive father to a son, Roach offered the 25-year-old trainer from Baguio City some words of wisdom to comfort his Filipino protégé.
“'C’mon son,' sabi niya sa akin, tapos niyakap niya ako,” said Somodio as he tried to hold back tears. “Mas maganda na nga raw na habang maaga pa, nararanasan ko na raw yung mga ganito as trainer. Part daw talaga ng buhay trainer ito.”
Indeed, things have not been all rosy for Somodio since he joined Roach’s stable as one of the Hall of Famer’s assistants at the Wild Card Gym last May in his first venture in the US.
Somodio’s first fight as a member of Roach's staff ended in a thud as Pacquiao absorbed a stunning split decision loss to Timothy Bradley. The misfortune stretched following the successive losses of two other Roach-trained fighters - Amir Khan and Julio Cesar Chavez.
The unlucky streak momentarily stopped when Somodio worked the corner of unified flyweight champion Brian Viloria in his remarkable 10th round technical knockout of Hernan `Tyson’ Marquez last October, although Roach was not directly involved in training the `Hawaiian Punch.’
Then bad luck struck again following the painful setback of Pacquiao against the 39-year-old Marquez.
If it is any consolation, Somodio will be able to join his family for the holiday season as he is set to leave for the Philippines on December 17, which may take his mind off the spate of bad luck. He won’t be returning to the Wild Card Gym until the second week of January.
But before going home, he’ll still work alongside Roach on December 15 when promising welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (13-0, 10 KOs) takes on Pavel Miranda at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.
Hopefully, this one turns out well for Somodio.