The handlers of Eumir Felix Marcial are making sure that the young and outstanding Filipino boxer does not rush things as he enters the brutal world of professional boxing.
Sean Gibbons of MP Promotions yesterday told the online version of the PSA Forum that Marcial is being lined up to do three fights heading to the Tokyo Olympics in July next year.
For starters, Marcial should figure in a four-rounder, and then slowly move up to six depending on the result.
The 24-year-old Marcial, a multi-titled amateur, signed a contract with MP Promotions. From hereon, he will fight as a pro but has maintained his strong desire to win the Olympic gold.
“We hope to have three fights before the Olympics,” said the president of MP Promotions, which belongs to the boxing icon, Sen. Manny Pacquiao.
“Step by step,” said Marcial, who was asked a couple of times if there’s any dream fight that would keep him going as a pro.
Marcial mentioned the names of middleweight kings Canelo Alvarez, who is 30 years old, and Gennady Golovkin, way older at 38. But he said it’s too early to think of the big fights.
“Too far ahead. I’m just starting out. I still have to fight the best in the Olympics, the Russian who beat me, the Ukrainian, the boxer from Kazakhstan and Cuba,” he said in Filipino.
“Malayo pa,” said Marcial, who is so focused on winning the first Olympic gold for the Philippines.
Gibbons said Marcial vying for a world title will come at the right time.
"As we move along. By the third year (as a pro) I think he’ll be able to challenge someone for the title," he said.
As a pro, Marcial will fight at 160 pounds or middleweight. In the Olympics, he will compete at 75 kgs or 165 pounds. He will train in Los Angeles for his pro debut..
Gibbons said three fights should fit in Marcial’s schedule for the next nine months. By April next year, the hard-hitting native of Zamboanga will have to focus fully on the Olympics.
“Hopefully we can do something in October and work from there. Three fights before he has to stop and fully concentrate on the Olympics,” said Gibbons.
“We just want to keep in line with what he’ll be doing in Tokyo,” said Gibbons, adding that if there were no Olympics in the picture, Marcial could go on faster with four, six, eight or 10 rounds.
“Everything is geared towards the preparations for the Olympics,” Gibbons told the forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Amelie Hotel, Braska Restaurant and PAGCOR, and powered by SMART.