Arum says Pacquiao won’t fight “if it interferes with his senatorial duties”
Santino Honasan on Jul 14, 2016 04:00 PM
“He wants to fight, he likes to fight, but he's not going to fight if it interferes with his senatorial duties,” - Bob Arum on Manny Pacquiao's return (AP Photo)
While Top Rank Boxing CEO Bob Arum has been making moves with regards to eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao’s rumored return to the ring, the hall of fame promoter maintains that Pacquiao is sticking true to word that he won’t be fighting if it will mess with his schedule as a lawmaker in the Philippines.
“He wants to fight, he likes to fight, but he's not going to fight if it interferes with his senatorial duties,” Arum said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Steve Angeles. “That shouldn't be hard to figure out.”
Arum went on to provide scenarios where in Pacquiao will be able to train and compete without breaking his promise of not missing out on any senate sessions.
“Its’ a pretty big job being a senator but it's not a job that takes all waking hours. There are recesses, he can go to the senate and train earlier or later.”
Again, names and dates have been thrown around and around, but at this point all of it is still speculation. No announcement has been made, and Pacquiao remains retired…maybe for now.
“Once I have a date and opponent then we'll work the usual thing do with myself Michael Koncz and Manny and get a contract up.” Arum added.
Pacquiao’s longtime coach Freddie Roach also chimed in on Pacquiao’s “un-retirement”, and even said who he wants Pacman to fight.
H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News