Pacquiao Confirms Readiness To Retire With Senate Bid On Horizon

October 7, 2015

-OpeningRound Staff

Manny Pacquiao announced today that he would likely retire next year after one final fight to focus on his political career, if, as he hopes, he gets elected. Pacquiao, currently a congressman, plans to run for Senate in his native Philippines. Pacquiao said he had taken career advice from God.

“I think I’m ready [to retire]. I’ve been in boxing for more than 20 years,” Pacquiao said to ABS-CBN network in his native Philippines. “I prayed to God for guidance and I am happy about it.”

He has been a congressman since 2010 and has is an extremely popular icon the Philippines. Asides from being a legendary fighter and congressman, he is also a basketball player/coach, philanthropist, pop singer, and movie star. Because of these many responsibilities, he has been harshly criticized for his largely lackluster tenure as a congressman, where he has some of the most absences in the House of Representatives.

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Furthermore, the reaction to Pacquiao running for Senate has been largely negative on Twitter.

“Pacman, you’re my idol. But in the boxing ring. Not in Congress. Sorry,” one fan posted.

“Pacquiao, you can’t even go to sessions in Congress. Now you want to go to Senate? What are you going to do there?” said another.

Despite the doubts, the latest pre-election polls have him as a winner in the 12 senatorial slots up for grab at the polls.

Pacquiao also seemed to acknowledge the doubts of him running for Senate head on, and acknowledged that he would have to give up his other careers, including boxing, in order to successfully run.

“I will not be absent because the whole country would be my responsibility…I will have to give up the other things that require my attention,” Pacquiao said. “If you are a senator, your focus should only be your job and your family.”

Before the elections in May, Pacquiao will fight for what could be the last time. No opponent has been picked yet, but Britain’s Amir Khan seems to be the frontrunner right now.

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