MARVELOUS Marvin Sonsona is ready to slug it out in Las Vegas on May 2 to defending his NABF featherweight belt against Puerto Rican Jayson Velez.
Two-time Manager of the Year awardee Al Haymon, Sonsona’s new manager, is yet to announce if the former World Boxing Organization super flyweight champion will fight in the undercard of the much-awaited megafight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Sonsona (19-1-1, 15 KOs), is the first Filipino to sign a contract with Haymon, who is regarded as one of the most powerful and influential figures in boxing.
The more than 170 boxers under Haymon include Floyd Mayweather, Amir Khan, Danny Garcia, and Adonis Stevenson.
“We’re all excited and nervous for the fight, I am confident that Sonsona is in good shape,” said Haymon.
The 24-year-old Filipino boxer is indeed in good hands, training with Sugar Shane Mosley and Roy Jones Jr. at the latter’s gym in Las Vegas.
He also continues to work with trainer Jun Agrabio, Sampson Boxing stablemate and fellow former world champion John Riel Casimero, and strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia.
Sonsona was ranked second by the WBC, fifth by the WBA, fourth by the IBF and 12th by the WBO.
The match against Velez (ranked third by the WBC) is the final elimination where the winner will face champion Jhonny Gonzalez.