- Sen. Manny Pacquiao has been reported to go back to boxing and is planning to take a leave of absence
- Pacquiao is supposedly arranging with the Senate President on how to make it possible
- He has previously announced that he would be retiring from his sports to focus on being a politician
Senator Manny Pacquiao has been reported to be planning a leave of absence in the Philippine Senate to give boxing another chance.
It has only been more than a month since Sen. Pacquiao won a seat in the senate, however, the senator has been reportedly to be planning a leave of absence to go back to his first love – boxing.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said that Pacquiao is currently searching for another opponent and is possibly going to return for a fight. The senator is said to be working closely with Senate President Franklin Drilon in order to find a date where he can take a break and train.
“He is going to fight. I don’t know what the date is. He is working with the President of the Philippine Senate for an appropriate date where he can leave the Philippines for two or three weeks to prepare for a fight,” said Arum.
It can be remembered that Pacquiao announced during the month of April that he would already be retiring from boxing. He said back then that he would give time and focus on his political career.
According to Boxingscene.com, Pacquiao’s first slated opponent was supposed to be Adrien Broner. However, Broner’s asking price was too much for both Arum and Al Haymon to afford.
“I was dealing with Al Haymon on making that fight, Al tried but Broner was asking for crazy money that nobody can afford so he is out and Manny is looking for another opponent,” said Arum.
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Top Rank said that the tentative date for Pacquiao’s return is on October 15. The event would be held at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Arum revealed that if a fight would push through, Pacquiao would spend most of his preparation in the Philippines; however, he would definitely be going to the States for the fight.
“The question is how can we arrange it,” Arum said.