MANILA, Philippines -- (2ND UPDATE) Olympic-bound Filipino boxer Eumir Felix Marcial has officially signed with Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotions.
Marcial signed a six-year contract with MP Promotions, but the 24-year-old remains committed to fighting for the Philippines, particularly in the Tokyo Olympics next year.
"Nais ko po na iparating sa lahat ang aking desisyon na pumirma ng isang promotional deal sa Manny Pacquiao Promotions," Marcial said in a statement.
"Napili ko ang MP Promotions dahil sa kanilang 100% support sa aking hangarin na lumaban po para sa Pilipinas sa mga future SEA Games at Asian Games competitions, at maging sa Olympics," he added.
Marcial 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.
The boxer has received an assurance from MP Promotions that they will support him in his drive to represent the Philippines.
"Nakasaad sa aking six-year promotional deal na hindi sila magiging hadlang sa oras na kailanganin ako ng national team," Marcial said.
"Karangalan ko rin na maging gabay sa aking boxing career si Senator Manny Pacquiao, na sa tulong ni MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons ay naging instrumento ng tagumpay ng ating mga current world champions: Pedro Tadruan, Johnriel Casimeor, at Jerwin Ancajas," he added.
Before signing with MP Promotions, Marcial was courted by several boxing managers, including Shelly Finkel. However, he has previously said that he believes MP Promotions is the best place for him, due in part to Pacquiao's guidance.
"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," Marcial vowed.
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