No less than Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao cheered on Olympians Carlo Paalam and Eumir Felix Marcial as the two national sluggers competed earlier Thursday, Aug. 5.
Pacquiao took to Twitter his excitement, leaving good words for both Paalam and Marcial, who signed a six-year promotional contract as a professional boxer with Manny Pacquiao (MP) Promotions last July 2020.
“Fight for Gold, Carlo Paalam! We are rooting for you,” tweeted the 42-year-old Pacquiao, who will return to action on Aug. 21 against unified WBC and IBF welterweight Errol Spence Jr.
“Thank you, Eumir Marcial for giving your best! Your Olympic effort was solid gold. The two of you make us very proud!”
Paalam, 23, advanced to the gold medal match after dominating Japanese foe Ryomei Tanaka in their flyweight semifinal bout while Marcial, 25, settled for bronze after yielding to Ukrainian slugger Oleksandr Khyzhniak in their middleweight semis match.
The national boxing team has secured three Olympic medals with Paalam shooting for the country’s first gold medal in the sport.
Nesthy Petecio, 29, earlier bagged silver medal after losing to Japanese fighter Sena Irie in their women’s featherweight finals duel.
Irish Magno, 30, for her part, was booted out early after bowing down to Thai foe Jitpong Jutamas in their Round of 16 women’s flyweight match.