Pacquiao shoots down fight rumors: "My priority is my legislative works"
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 13, 2016 10:19 AM
" 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." - Senator Manny Pacquiao (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Is he fighting or not?
After days of rumors swirling that eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will be making a return to the ring this October and with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum going ahead and reserving a venue for the said date, the man himself shot down the un-retirement rumours.
Pacquiao went on to say that there has been no discussion about his next fight and said that should he be scheduled to fight again, it won't interfere with his lawmaking duties.
During his time as a congressman, Pacquiao recieved a lot of heat for his number of absences due to his training schedule. This time around, Senator Manny reassured that he'd be keeping true to his promise of attending all senate sessions.
" 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."
Pacquiao retired back in April after defeating Timothy Bradley in a trilogy fight. Post-fight, Pacquiao said that he's going to give retired life a shot.
The press statement can be seen in full on Pacquiao's Instagram account.
OFFICE OF HON. EMMANUEL D. PACQUIAO SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES PRESS STATEMENT 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. I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR – MY PRIORITY IS MY LEGISLATIVE WORKS. 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 I RAN FOR SENATOR LAST MAY 9 ELECTIONS, I MADE A PROMISE TO BE PRESENT IN ALL SESSIONS. I OWE IT TO THE PEOPLE. IF EVER I DECIDE TO FIGHT AGAIN, REST ASSURED, IT WILL HAPPEN WHEN CONGRESS IS ON RECESS SO THERE’S NO NEED FOR ME TO GO ON LEAVE. THE ENTIRE TRAINING WILL BE DONE IN THE PHILIPPINES TO ENSURE I CAN ATTEND SESSIONS EVEN WHILE ON TRAINING CAMP. BOXING IS MY ONLY MEANS OF LIVELIHOOD TO SUPPORT MY FAMILY AND TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED. POLITICS, TO ME, IS A VOCATION NOT A MEANS TO EKE OUT A LIVING. I WANT TO MAINTAIN THAT BELIEF. I WANT TO KEEP MY DIGNITY INTACT WHILE IN PUBLIC SERVICE. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO GUIDE AND BLESS ALL OUR ENDEAVORS.
There you have it. The man has spoken.
Now, whether or not Pacquiao keeps true to this statement remains to be seen.
Will this statement kill off all the rumors? Probably not.