Manny Pacquiao Set To Come Out Of Retirement – Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao is set to come out of retirement and return to the boxing ring.
“Manny wants to come back,” his promoter Bob Arum said. “The problem is he can only come back if it doesn’t interfere with his senate duties.”
A fight is being planned as a main event bout in Las Vegas, with October 29 or November 5 being eyed as possible dates. No opponent has yet been announced for the fight.
“The question is building availability because we want to do the fight in Las Vegas,” Arum said about the new dates. “He now has given us the go-ahead to shop for a venue and an opponent and see if we can do it on a particular date or dates,” Arum said. “We’ve been trying to work out a date that doesn’t interfere with his senatorial responsibilities and his ability to train.”
Pacquiao, while not denying the possibility of a return, made it clear that his priorities were with the senate.
“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,” he said. “My next fight has not yet been discussed. Should there be any, I’ll make sure it will not interfere with my senate duties.”
“Boxing is my only means of livelihood to support my family and to help those who are in need,” he said. “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.”