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Boxing: Pacquiao willing to fight for the Philippines while Mayweather doesn’t want to represent Team USA in Rio Olympics

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Manny Pacquiao considers himself honored to represent his country at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The Filipino boxer would love to prolong his career in order to represent the Philippines and win a gold medal in boxing.

Wu Ching-Kuo, president of the amateur boxing’s governing body has proposed a rule change that will see professional boxers competing for medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Pacquiao has been offered a wildcard ticket straight into the main draw and the 37-year-old does not have to go through qualifications.

“It would be my honor to represent the country in the Olympics. If I would be asked to represent boxing, why not? I would do everything for my country” Pacquiao said, as reported by AFP.

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Pacquiao is set to take on Timothy Bradley for the third time in April. According to the boxer, this will be his final paid and professional bout as he plans to retire from boxing.

Manny Pacquiao made his debut in boxing as a 16-year-old in 1995 and has gone on to win world titles at eight different weight divisions. However, the man from Kibawe, Philippines is yet to compete in the Olympics.

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Floyd Mayweather, long-time arch rival of the Filipino boxer has ruled out his participation at the Rio Olympic Games. Mayweather has stated that he does not wish to revoke his retirement. It has to be noted that Mayweather won a bronze medal at the Atlanta Games 20 years ago.

Pacquiao has long been rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. He currently ranks as No.7 on The Ring’s pound-for-pound list and is in the Top 10 for around 635 weeks.

Although Pacquiao has not competed for gold at the Olympics, he was last seen bearing a flag for Philippines at the 2008 Beijing Games in China.

The Philippines is yet to win a gold medal at the Olympics and has 9 medals to its name. The majority of the medals has come from boxing.

If Wu’s proposition is accepted, Pacquiao may have a chance to make his career in boxing a full circle.

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