Manny Pacquiao for ABAP President?

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 09, 2016 03:01 PM
Manny Pacquiao for ABAP President?
Will Pacquiao be the next ABAP President (AP PHOTO)

After yet another Olympic medal bid coming up short, the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Phiippines or ABAP could be looking at a change of management, it appears to be being initiated by the man who’s currently calling the shots. 

According to Ronnie Nathanielsz, following the eliminations of Pinoy boxing bets Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez in the 2016 Rio Olympics, a “downhearted” ABAP President Ricky Vargas sent a message to ABAP Executive Director Ed Picson, saying that he felt it was time for a change.

“Maybe time for new leadership. Time for me to go.” 

Vargas released a full statment that you can read below:

"We need new leadership to refresh ABAP and inspire our pipeline of next generation boxers in our pool. We did our best and now it is time to turn the baton over after 8 years of leadership. We had our share of success in the SEA Games, Asian Games and World Championships but of course the standard is the Olympics and we have been unsuccessful there. When Exec Dir Ed Picson returns from Rio , he and SecgenPatrick Gregorio will call for the 2016 ABAP elections at the soonest possible time. We thank Chairman MVP and the entire Filipino nation for their support to boxing. "

But who does Vargas want to succeed him? 

None other than arguably the biggest name in Philippine boxing, eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao. 

Nathanielsz further reported that Vargas wants to offer the presidency to Pacquiao, and has already asked for a meeting to be arranged. 

It would be tough to say if Pacquiao accepts the position, being that “Pacman” isn’t just a soon-to-be unretired boxer, but he’s also a Philippine Senator, team owner, part-time basketball player. 

Pacquiao is also set to return to the ring in November, possibly against WBO welterweight champion Jesse Vargas. 

Should Pacquiao accept the spot, it would definitely be another big addition to the plate or responsibilities in front of the busy athlete/lawmaker. 


with a report from Ronnie Nathanielsz 

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