Death of brother fuels boxer Eumir Marcial's Olympic dream

Eumir Marcial’s family was struck with sudden tragedy as his eldest brother Eliver passed away early morning, Saturday, October 17. 

Eliver was 39. 

Eliver was pronounced dead on arrival after collapsing from difficult breathing and vomiting in Imus, Cavite. 

Although MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons offered Marcial a flight back to the Philippines, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics-bound pug decided to remain in the US and dedicate all his efforts to his brother. 

Dito na lang muna ako kasi wala na din naman magagawa sa nangyari. Mas lalo ko naging inspirasyon kuya ko. Ito din naman ang gusto niya, maging ready ako sa Olympics,” said Marcial who was the youngest of 5 siblings.

(I’ll continue to stay here because I couldn't do anything about the situation. I’m more motivated now because my older brother is my inspiration. This was also his dream, for me to be ready for the Olympics.) 

“Ang parents ko, mga kapatid, lahat kami sa pamilya, bata pa lang ako talagang walang pinag-usapan kami kungdi makuha yung Olympic gold. Kausap pa ni kuya si Princess (Eumir’s fiancée) kagabi sabi niya sana makuha ko na ang Olympic gold tapos maging world champion ako.”

(My parents, siblings and everyone in the family have been talking about me clinching the Olympic gold since I was young. My brother was talking to my fiancee Princess last night and he told her that he hoped that I would win the Olympic gold and I would become a world champion.) 

Eliver was slated to fly back to Zamboanga to be with his wife and 6 kids on Saturday morning after getting stranded in Eumir’s residence since the Luzon-wide lockdown on March. 

Masaya pa siya noong Friday ng gabi tapos excited na yung parents ko lalo na yung asawa niya pati mga anak niya. Masakit talaga sa akin kasi close kami magkakapatid,” shared a sobbing Marcial.

(He was so happy last Friday night and my parents and his wife and kids were all excited [to see him again]. [His passing] really hurts because we’re all very close as siblings.) 

The cause of death of their eldest brother was still undetermined as of Saturday morning. His remains will lie at Eumir's residence in Cavite before being flown to Zamboanga.

Nagsalu-salu na kami lahat kagabi kasi nga pauwi na siya. Siya pa nag-ayos lahat gamit niya pati mga laruan para sana sa mga anak niya. Tapos ganun na nga nangyari, tinakbo namin agad siya sa ospital pero sabi ng doctor dead on arrival na siya,” said Princess Galarpe, who rushed Eliver to the hospital together with Eumir’s cousin Anthony. 

(We had a big dinner together last night because he was about to leave for Zamboanga. He himself packed his things and the toys he would give to his children. Then he [experienced difficulty breathing and was vomitting] so we rushed him to the hospital, but the doctor pronounced him dead on arrival.) 

The passing of his brother happened a day after the Tokyo 2020 qualifier got the Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC) full support following a video conference call with chairman William “Butch” Ramirez Friday morning, October 16, Manila time.

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) also recently completed the needed requirements for Eumir to receive his incentive for winning the gold in the Asian Olympic qualifier held last March in Amman, Jordan.

Eumir signed a promotional deal with Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions last July but was still eligible to campaign in the Olympics as the quadrennial meet has opened its doors to professional boxers since the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold medalist is training with famed mentor Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.

The delayed quadrennial meet will be held on July 23 to August 8, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. –