By Rick Reeno
BoxingScene.com spoke with numerous sources who were present in Ontario last Friday night for the post-fight press conference for Marvin Sonsona's decision win over Jose Lopez. Sonsona captured the WBO super flyweight title.
From what I heard, a local reporter asked Sonsona if he would be willing to fight Nonito Donaire in the future - or - would he turn the fight down because Donaire was a fellow Filipino fighter. Sonsona answered that he "would fight anyone" that his promoter would line up. Donaire populates the same weight division and recently won the WBA's interim-super flyweight title.
In response to the same question, I hear Nonito Donaire Sr., currently the co-trainer of Sonsona, chimed in and said "[Sonsona] is ready to fight him [Nonito Doniare] now."
Donaire and his father have a very strained relationship. Donaire Sr. used to train his son until the two had a bad falling out in 2008. Donaire replaced his father with Dodie Boy Penalosa, who is the brother of former champion Gerry Penalosa. According to several sources in the Philippines, the two began to drift apart when Donaire's wife Rachel became more involved in her husband's career. The father/son dispute has divided the Donaire family. Several members of the family are siding with the father.
If the two Filipinos were positioned to fight each other, it would be very interesting to see if Donaire Sr. would actually train Sonsona for the fight - or would he stand back and allow co-trainer Jun Agrabio to handle the entire camp. Donaire Sr. told reporters that he would train Sonsona to "fight anyone."
The angle is somewhat similiar to the on and off dispute between Floyd Mayweather Sr. and his son, Floyd Mayweather Jr. There were two occasions when father was nearly pitted against son. The first occasion, Oscar De La Hoya dropped longtime trainer Floyd Sr. over a monetary dispute. Oscar then hired Freddie Roach to train him for the May 07 fight with Mayweather Jr. When De La Hoya and Floyd Jr. were planning to have a rematch last September, Floyd Sr. had already reached an agreement to train De La Hoya for the fight. The rematch and the father/son battle never happened. Floyd Jr. unexpectedly withdrew from the fight and announced his short-lived retirement.