Filipino boxing icon and Senator Manny Pacquiao denied the report that he is going to take a leave from the senate to fight in the boxing ring once again.
In a Facebook post, Manny Pacquiao released a statement explaining about his boxing career and senate duties:
“There is no truth to media reports that I’m planning to take a leave from my senate duties just to fight again atop the ring. I want to make it clear – my priority is my legislative works. My next fight has not yet been discussed. Should there be any, I’ll make sure it will not interfere with my senate duties.”
“When I ran for senator last May 9 elections, I made a promise to be present in all sessions. I owe it to the people. If ever I decided to fight again, rest assured, it will happen when the congress is on recess so there’s no need for me to go on leave.”
“The entire training will be done in the Philippines to ensure I can attend sessions even while on training camp. Boxing is my only means of livelihood to support my family and to help those in need. Politics, to me, is a vocation, not a means to eke out a living. I want to maintain that belief. I want to keep my dignity intact while in public service.”
“May God continue to guide and bless all our endeavors.”
Though Manny Pacquiao confirmed that he is not planning to take a senate leave, he is still open to come out of retirement and enter the boxing ring. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Bob Arum said that there is no opponent set for Pacquiao yet, but Adrian Broner’s name is topping the list.
Arum said that they are scheduling a fight for Manny Pacquiao on October 15 but still studying the availability of the eight-division world champion. If he will be asked, Pacquiao will surely want a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. However, ‘Money’ said that he is only coming out of retirement if UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will be his opponent.
Photo courtesy: Manny Pacquiao/Facebook