ALA Boxing shutdown; MP promotions eyes displaced ALA boxers

MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions is said to offer a new home for the noted boxers under the management of ALA after winding up its business due to COVID-19.

/ 31 August 2020

After 35 years in service, the ALA Promotions and ALA Gym bid farewell and gratitude for its supporters from every corner of the world, stating that without them ALA would not be where it is today.

In accordance with the statement released by ALA Promotions following their announcement of full stop operations, ALA stated, “All of our fighters will be released so they can look for greener pastures for their respective careers.”

Whereas, the President of MP owned by the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, Sean Gibbons shared that he will try everything in his power to revive the fatal ALA boys have suffered.

Affected by the ALA crisis are former WBO four-time world Super Flyweight Boxing Champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, former IBO light-flyweight champion Milan Melindo, pro-boxer of Cebu Jonas Sultan, and the reigning WBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight Champion Albert Pagara.

Some veterans are also in the ALA such as the Former International Boxing Fe­deration (IBF) flyweight Titleist, Jason Pagara, Melvin Jerusalem, Jeo Santisima, KC Cataraja, Jonas Sultan and Arthur Villanueva.

However, as of the moment, there is no clear statement if the MP will lay hold off all the boxers from ALA or they will only be helping a few.

While the MP Promotions currently has four reigning Filipino world champions in its stable, namely Pacquiao (World Boxing Association welterweight), Jerwin Ancajas (International Boxing Federation super-flyweight), Johnriel Casimero (World Boxing Organization bantamweight), Pedro Taduran (IBF mini-flyweight) and the three-time Sea Games champion and Tokyo Olympics-bound Eumir Felix Marcial.