Roach likely to handle Marcial

July 24, 2020

EUMIR Marcial working under the care of world-renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach?

Very possible. Ask MP Promotions chief Sean Gibbons.

"I’m thinking of trying him out with Freddie at Wild Card in LA, Mark (Magsayo) is working out with Freddie and Justin (Fortune)," said Gibbons in PhilBoxing.com.

The new recruit of ring great Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotion will likely head to the US in October, said Gibbons, who plans to link Marcial up with esteemed boxing training Freddie Roach.

Marcial signed six-year deal with MP Promotions which promised to help him achieve his Olympic dreams.

He qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in March, ruling the middleweight division in the Asia and Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament in Amman, Jordan. He has also won three gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games, and a bronze at the Asian Games in 2018.

A few days ago, Marcial  said he wishes to keep working with his coaches at the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP), the sport's national governing body, even as a pro fighter.

But Gibbons said he only wanted Roach to have a look at Marcial.

"Freddie knows Filipinos and southpaws. I’d like Eumir to give it a shot with Freddie. Let’s see how they connect. Again, it’ll be up to Eumir whom he works with,” the veteran matchmaker said.

Gibbons said Marcial is just a natural fit for MP Promotions, founded by Pacquiao, who is considered a "national treasure."