Pacquiao likely to retire after one more fight next year
admin • October 7, 2015 • 2566
Boxer Manny Pacquiao poses for the members of the media upon his arrival at the international airport in Manila May 13, 2015. REUTERS/ROMEO RANOCO
Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao, a winner of world titles in eight different weight categories, said he is likely to retire from the sport after one more fight next year.
Pacquiao, 36, last fought in May when he lost to American Floyd Mayweather Junior in a long awaited bout between the sport’s best two fighters, dubbed the Fight of the Century, that failed to match the hype.
Pacquiao underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff after the fight and had been expected to retire with little left to prove after achieving his long-stated goal of getting in the ring with Mayweather.
“I think I’m ready. I’ve been in boxing for more than 20 years,” he said in an interview with ABS-CBN on Wednesday.
The Filipino said he wanted one more bout but it is unlikely to be against Mayweather, who has announced plans to retire after beating Andre Berto in September to improve his record to 49 wins and no losses.
“We can not say if there is a rematch or not. It depends, it depends,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao’s long-term manager Bob Arum said last month he expected Pacquiao to fight again in February, with Briton Amir Khan and American Terence Crawford among the possible opponents.
The Filipino southpaw, who boasts a fight record of 57 wins, six losses and two draws, said he wanted to focus more on his political career.
Pacquiao is already a member of the country’s lower house of representatives and announced plans on Monday to run for a seat in the senate next year.
(Writing by Patrick Johnston in Singapore; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
MANILA, Philippines – Inihayag ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque ang pangalan ng ilang personalidad na posibleng basbasan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte bilang kandidato ng administrasyon sa 2022 presidential elections.
Kabilang sa mga binanggit ni Roque ay sina Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Senador Bong Go, Senador Manny Pacquiao, dating Senador Bongbong Marcos, at Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.
Ngunit paglilinaw ni Roque, wala pang desisyon ang Pangulo kung sino sa mga ito ang kanyang susuportahan.
Hindi rin aniya sang-ayon ang nakatatandang Duterte na tumakbo sa pagka-pangulo ang kanyang anak sa darating na halalan.
“Alam ninyo nung talagang kinausap ko siya diyan at wala pa siyang desisyon. Mayroon lang talaga siyang options na sinabi but as of now, siguro nakatutok pa rin ang presidente dito sa pandemiya, dito sa bakuna,” ani Roque.
Samantala, naniniwala naman ang Palasyo na hindi ipinagbabawal ng batas na tumakbo sa pagka-bise presidente si Pangulong Duterte kasunod ng resolusyong ipinasa ng partidong PDP-Laban na nag-uudyok sa punong ehekutibo na kumandidato sa 2022 election.
Ngunit sa ngayon, ayon kay Roque, ay pinag-iisipan pa ito ng Pangulo.
“Kung pinagbabawal po ang presidente na tumakbong VP (vice president), dapat po sinulat yan, nagkaroon ng teksto sa ating saligang batas na nagbabawal diyan pero since wala pong prohibition, it must be allowed,” ayon sa opisyal.
Samantala, sinabi naman ni Roque na walang nakikitang problema ang Pangulo sa PDP-Laban at nananatili pa rin namang acting president ng partido si Pacquiao.
Ito ay sa kabila ng nangyayaring tensiyon sa pagitan ng ilang miyembro nito kasunod ng pagpalag ni Pacquiao sa ipinatawag na national council meeting ng PDP-Laban kamakailan.
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Manny Pacquiao said he is trying to personally contact United States President Joe Biden to expedite the delivery of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.
Last April, the Senator has sent a letter to the White House through Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Romualdez to ask the US President’s help in expediting the processing of around 20 million doses of Moderna vaccines procured by the Philippine government and private sectors.
“Sumulat ako dahil medyo nababagalan ako [sa] pag-deliver ng vaccine dito satin. Ang ibang bansa, massive na ang vaccination nila (I wrote because I feel that the delivery of vaccines here in the country is slow. The other countries are already conducting massive vaccination),” he said.
Pacquiao said he is not overstepping President Rodrigo Duterte and stressed that he just wanted to help.
“Ang presidente ngayon ng US na-meet ko na siya noong 2011, sa tingin ko naman kilala niya ako. So makakatulong ng malaki ang sulat natin, ang request natin sa kaniya na mapagbigyan tayo (I have already met the current US President back in 2011, I think he knows me. So our letter will be a big help that he will grant our request),” he said.
The White House has still yet to reply to the Senator’s letter, but it has been received by the office of President Biden.
Meanwhile, Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. previously said there will be a steady vaccine supply in the country in June, including the 194,000doses of Moderna vaccines. –AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Manny Pacquiao, who serves as acting national president of political party PDP-Laban, called on his party-mates to focus more on solving the country’s problems and not politics.
Pacquiao made the call on Friday in response to reports that some PDP-Laban members are urging President Rodrigo Duterte to run as vice president in 2022.
The senator said the move is not sanctioned by the party’s leadership and he stressed that the focus of the party now is to help the public deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
“As party president, I have the responsibility to enforce the rules, promote cooperation, insist on civility and respect, and most of all, to remind you that we are one team, because it is only when we are united that we can stand strong to weather any storm and to face the greatest dangers,” Pacquiao said in a statement.
On Thursday, House deputy speaker Eric Martinez revealed that some members of PDP-Laban are circulating a resolution urging the president to run for vice president in the 2022 elections for continuity’s sake.
But Pacquiao said now is not the time for politics and that party members should prioritize the needs and lives of Filipinos amid the public health crisis.
“God destined us to be leaders to our respective constituents, and by showing them by example that we know our priorities we are sending a strong message that we value them, that we are aware of their needs and we give them hope,” he said.
“I, therefore, call upon all our party members to focus more on the opportunity to serve. Our countrymen need us now more than ever. There will be a time for politics, but for now, the lives and wellbeing of our countrymen should be our utmost priority,” he added.
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