OLYMPIC-BOUND Felix Eumir Marcial is scheduled to leave for the United States in the next few days and be back in the gym soon to resume actual training, according to American MP Promotions chief Sean Gibbons.
“Next week for Marcial is the idea for him coming over here. He’s done all the paper work over there,” Gibbons said during the PSA forum yesterday, including securing his license from the Games and Amusements Board.
The light middleweight boxer, who signed a six-year deal with MP Promotions owned by Sen. Manny Pacquiao last July, said all of the documents needed for his US flight have been completed, adding he would get his GAB pro license last week.
Gibbons said the 30th Southeast Asian Games gold medalist would be in the US to train “and not to fight.”
He earlier said that Marcial, who qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games by topping the men’s light middleweight division of the Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifiers in Amman, Jordan last March, would train in Los Angeles.
One of the trainers being lined up for the newly-minted pro are Freddie Roach, who used to be the chief cornerman of Pacquiao, Gibbons said.
Tipped as one of the country’s top medal prospects in the Tokyo Olympics, Marcial has not had any actual workouts or sparring since virtually the entire Philippines was put under lockdown in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the suspension of all sports activities.