No rift between Olympic qualifier Marcial, ABAP

All’s well that ends well.

That’s what it all seems to appear after Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) secretary general Ed Picson on Tuesday assured that the ruling body for the sport of sweet science in the country will not stand in the way of Olympic qualifier Eumir Marcial’s professional boxing plans.


Picson, in a statement released to media, likewise, belied persistent reports that a rift between the middleweight fighter and ABAP had developed as an aftermath of news that Marcial is turning pro.

Picson admitted that ABAP president Rick Vargas and himself had, indeed, spoken with renowned American professional boxing manager Shelly Finkel without only to ensure that Marcial “gets the best deal possible and that it will not conflict with the Olympic goal.”

The camp of Marcial lamented, though, why the top ranking ABAP officials went direct to Finkel without the fighter’s knowledge.

“Our conversation (with Finkel) was frank, cordial and enlightening. Of course we told him that we would also like to hear from other interested parties,” Picson reasoned out.

“If we were to stop Marcial from exploring professional boxing opportunities, why would we speak with those interested in him?” the former television basketball analyst said.

The 24-year-old Marcial, in a separate phone conversation with Picson and ABAP Sports Psychologist Marcus Manalo, apologized if his discussions with people outside of ABAP were misinterpreted by some quarters.

Marcial said that he had the highest regard for the officials of the national sports association for boxing and he would never do anything to jeopardize his relationship with ABAP.

The Airman of the Philippine Air Force added that he welcomed ABAP’s gesture to help him in his negotiations.

Marcial, in another interview with The Manila Times, earlier, revealed that he has been in talks with several other professional managerial outfits, including similarly respected Kit Connoly and the Manny Pacquao-owned MP Promotions since offers poured in after qualifying in the Asia-Oceania Qualifier in Amman, Jordan.

He assured, too, that negotiations have been going on well and everybody promised him help in his Olympic dream of gifting the county its first Olympic gold medal.

“Alam ko naman na ang ikabubuti ko ang hangad nina Mr. Vargas at Sir Ed, pero nasa akin pa rin ang huling desisyon,” Marcial said as quoted by Picson.

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