Eumir gets best of both worlds

July 16, 2020

TOKYO Games-bound Eumir Marcial is looking for at least a couple of fights in the professional ranks under MP Promotions before chasing the country’s elusive first-ever Olympic gold medal.

A three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, Marcial is very excited on his professional journey, hoping he could put the experience to good use when he battles the finest in his quest for the country's first ever Olympic gold medal.

"Nais ko po na iparating sa lahat ang aking desisyon na pumirma ng isang promotional deal sa Manny Pacquiao Promotions," said Marcial in a statement yesterday.

"Napili ko ang MP Promotions dahil sa kanilang 100% support sa aking hangarin na lumaban pa para sa Pilipinas sa mga future SEA Games at Asian Games competitions at maging sa Olympics," he added.

"Sa katunayan, nakasaad sa aking six-year-promotional deal na hindi sila magiging hadlang sa oras na kailanganin ako ng national team."

Marcial earlier said that by competing in one or two professional fights would warm him up and prepare him tactically while gaining enough confidence to slug it out against the best amateur fighters in the world in next year's Tokyo Olympics.

Together with fellow boxer Irish Magno, the 24-year- old Marcial was able to qualify for the Olympics before the COVID-19 pandemic  put the sporting world to a halt.

"Karangalan ko din na maging gabay sa aking boxing career si Senator Manny Pacquiao na sa tulong ni MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons ay naging instrumento sa tagumpay ng ating mga current world champions Pedro Taduran, Johnriel Casimero at Jerwin Ancajas," said Marcial.

"Lubos naman ang aking pasasalamat sa mga nakasama ko sa simula pa lamang ng aking boxing career, unang-una po ang aking pamilya sa ABAP sa pangunguna ni President Ricky Vargas, Secretary-general Ed Picson at coaches Romeo Brin, Pat Gaspi, Boy at Roel Velasco, Elmer Pamisa at Ronald Chavez, sports psychologist Marcus Manalo at performance analyst Jeff Pagaduan," he added.

"Sina Atty. Clint Aranas at Atty Jeff Manuel David na nagbigay sa akin ng importanteng advice pagdating sa mga potential tax obligations at business dealings at sina American managers Keith Connolly at Shelly Finkel sa kanilang malaking tiwala sa aking kakayahan. Ang aking mga inspirasyon, fiancée na si Princess Galarpe, aking mga mahal na kapatid at mga magulang na sina Carmelita at Eulalio."

"Higit sa lahat, ang mga Filipino sports fans na walang sawa sa pagsuporta sa aking boxing career simula pa nang ako ay maging kauna-unahang Pinoy na manalo ng gold sa World Junior boxing championship noong 2011 sa Kazakhstan."

With his professional plans now in place, Marcial is hell bent on repaying it by getting the Olympic gold.

"Gaya po ng aking naipangako, ibibigay ko ang lahat ng aking makakaya para makuha ang minimithi natin na Olympic gold medal at maging isang boxing world champion ilang taon mula ngayon," said Marcial.