- Previous records showed that Manny Pacquiao only showed up four times in Congress when he was still a congressman for Sarangani
- As a newly-elected senator, Pacquiao vowed that his potential fight will not sacrifice his Senate work
- The 'Pambansang Kamao' was also given the go-signal from Senate President Franklin Drilon to proceed on his fight
While Manny Pacquiao vies for another title in his boxing career, he promised that he will not neglect his duties as a senator this time.
“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,” he wrote on his social media accounts.
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Pacquiao vowed that his number one priority is his job as a Senator, promising the public that his next boxing match 'will not interfere' with his work.
“I want to make it clear — my priority is my legislative works,” Pacquiao added. “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 Pacquiao served as a congressman for Sarangani, he was ranked as one of the top absentees at the House of Representatives. In fact, Pacquiao only showed up to work four times in 2014.
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In 2014, Pacquiao fought twice – overpowering Timothy Bradly in April and dominating Chris Algeiri in November.
This April, Pacquiao was elected Senator, garnering more than 16 million votes to rank seventh in the 12-man Senate race.
After rumors that promoter Bob Arum obtained an October 15 date for a potential boxing match, Pacquiao released his statement promising to uphold his responsibilities as a senator.
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Arum claimed that Senate President Franlin Drilon has already given his permission for Pacquiao to fight. However, Drilon proposed that they move the schedule of the fight much later date.
“He conferred with the president of the Philippines Senate, who gave him permission to fight, but the 15th was turned down because the senate needs to do the budget, so now we need to get the date that coincides with the schedule, Oct. 29, or Nov. 5,” Arum told Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.
Pacquiao promised again that any potential matches will be scheduled strategically as to not sacrifice his senatorial work for his training.
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“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,” he said. “If ever I decide to fight again, rest assured it will happen when Congress is on recess so there’s no reason for me to go on leave.”
In fact, in contrast to his previous arrangements where he trained in the United States, Pacquiao said that preparations are being made to train in the Philippines.
“The entire training will be done in the Philippines to ensure I can attend sessions even while on training camp.”
There have been speculations that Pacquiao may fight the winner between undefeated junior welterweights Terence Crawford and Victor Postol, who would be slugging it out next week in Las Vegas. -NB, Kami Media