Pacquiao on being a fighter and a senator: 'Don't do this'
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 03, 2016 12:21 PM
"Being a fighter and senator isn't easy if you don't have discipline." - Manny Pacquiao
When eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao isn't in the gym training, he's attending sessions as a senator of the Republic of the Philippines.
While this isn't his first dance as a lawmaker, Pacquiao has significantly been more active now than when he was a congressman.
And for the world champion boxer-slash-policitian, he believes his experiences as a lawmaker have given him an advantage against his upcoming opponent, Jessie Vargas.
"My mind is trained everyday by thinking different strategies. Different problems. Different ways to solve problems." Pacquiao told ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles. "Your mind is exercising. You're training. When you get into the ring, it's so nice because you can think more than before."
Pacquiao however, doesn't encourage people to double-up as both an athlete and a politician.
"Don't do this" Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao continued, saying that it takes a lot of discipline to be able to juggle the two professions.
"Being a fighter and senator isn't easy if you don't have discipline. Don't be like Manny Pacquiao, don't think too much."
Even with a big fight in front of him in just a matter of days, Manny's already thinking of what he's going to do once he gets back home, and it isn't about taking a vacation.
"When we get back to the Philippines we're going to open and investigate. There's some problems in the Philippines like Yolanda funds. The donations from other countries I want them to investigate where's the funds and where they go. "
Manny Pacquiao challenges Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight championship on Saturday, November 5 (Sunday, November 6, Manila time) at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.