Pacquiao reiterates retirement plans to focus on politics

Milan Ordoñez on Oct 12, 2015 10:39 AM
Pacquiao reiterates retirement plans to focus on politics
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This past week, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao declared his intent to shift his focus from being an elite prizefighter to public servant. 

“Isa pang fight before the election (One more fight before the election),” Pacquiao told ABS-CBN’s Karen Davila in an exclusive interview. “Tagal ko na sa boxing, more than 20 years na” (I’ve been in this sport long enough, for more than 20 years already).

On Sunday night, “Pacman” once again brought up the idea of retirement from the sport of boxing to become a full-time politician.

“If I become a public servant, I will fully devote myself to being a public servant,” Pacquiao said during a mini press conference for the Asia Society Awards held at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. “One or two more fights and that’s it.”

Pacquiao has been criticized by many for his “lack of commitment” as a Congressman. According to various reports, the Sarangani Province representative is the “number one absentee”, having attended a mere total of four days in Congress since being re-elected in 2013.

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