- Manny Pacquiao wanted to go back to his passion and livelihood – boxing – three months after he announced his retirement
- According to Bob Arum, the fight was scheduled on November 5 and his training camp will be set up in the Philippines instead of in Hollywood
- Pacquio won a Senate seat despite only attending four days in Congress when he was still the representative of Sarangani
Manny Pacquiao stated that his passion was the reason for him to return to boxing just after he had publicized his desire to leave the ring for good last April.
People were confused when Bob Arum, promoter of Top Rank, announced that another fight was scheduled for the Filipino boxer. Eyebrows were raised because Pacquiao had already declared his dedication for public service even prior to his win during the national elections.
So what was the truth?
The 37-year old boxer unretired for another fight.
Pacquiao did not deny his eagerness to come back to his career of 21 years which made him a household name and a worldwide recognized boxer when he rose in eight divisions.
After the game which gave Mahindra a 105-103 win against the defending champion of the Governors’ Cup, the San Miguel Beermen, he confessed to a horde of journalists his aspiration to add another win under his belt. According to him, boxing helped him provide for his family and he does not want to consider his job as a senator as his livelihood.
With Las Vegas in mind as the venue, Arum set the date of his fight on November 5. Instead of the usual camp in Hollywood with Freddie Roach, the senator’s camp will be in the Philippines in order for him to still be able to fulfill his duties as a politician.
Pacquiao was elected twice as the congressman of Sarangani before he ran for Senate. His 4 days of attendance in Congress became controversial.
It was in May 2015 after his loss against Floyd Mayweather Jr. when news of his retirement floated around. These rumors were put to rest when his third fight with Timothy Bradley was announced. He won the fight against the latter in a unanimous decision.
When asked again about his departure from boxing, Pacquiao left the door open for a potential comeback and true to his prediction, the pride of the Philippines will attempt to bring back glory once again to the country.
Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao is the first and only eight-division world champion in boxing history. Considered as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Pacquaio was the second highest paid athlete in 2015 and “Fighter of the Decade” as declared by Boxing Writers Association of America.-Kami Media