Arum: Pacquiao shouldn’t have a future in the ring
Santino Honasan on May 13, 2016 12:35 PM
Manny Pacquiao is set to become a senator in the Philippines, and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum thinks he should stay away from boxing for good. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
While there are no official numbers or proclamations yet, all signs point to eight-division world boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao winning a seat in the Philippine Senate.
As of posting, Pacquiao is firmly in the middle of the “Magic 12” senatoriables, sitting at seventh with 15,565,293 votes.
This comes off the heels of his supposed retirement fight against Timothy Bradley in early April, a 12-round unanimous decision win. After which, Pacquiao maintained that he was staying retired.
This is a sentiment echoed by ace boxing promoter and someone who knows Pacquiao very well, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
“He shouldn’t have a future in the ring, and that’s it.” Arum said through Steve Kim of BoxingScene.com.
“For the next six years, he should be a senator. I mean, that’s how I see it. He has an obligation to the Philippine people to be their senator, one of their 24 senators, and that’s a serious obligation.” Arum added. “I don’t think he should fool around fighting.”
Arum also said that he’s not sure whether the Senatorial race win would “put a stamp” on the boxing legend’s retirement, but believes that it would be the right thing to do.
While there's no doubt that Manny Pacquiao the Boxer is a hero in the country, Manny Pacquiao the Politican is a whole different story.
Already getting flak for not exactly being the most active congressman, people have often called the boxer-turned-lawmaker out for the number of times he actually went to work as a congressman.
And of course, there was that whole thing about his comments on homosexuality.
People, netizens to be more specific, have been very vocal about not wanting "The People's Champion" anywhere near politics, but it looks like over 15 million Filipinos think otherwise.
With the "Pambansang Kamao" claiming to be retired and set to take on a bigger role in the Philippine Government, maybe this time around he becomes more active and engaged. Only time will tell.