Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao is
harbouring thoughts of running for president in his
beloved homeland when he finally hangs up his
gloves, he revealed to AFP in an exclusive interview.
Giving his strongest hint yet that he will push to the
top of the political tree when he finally retires from
the ring, the “Pacman” — a hero and congressman in
his home country — admitted he had considered the
presidency of the 95 million-strong nation.
When pressed on whether he had thought about
shooting for the top job, the softly-spoken 34-year-old
replied “Yes”.
Drawing parallels between his pugilism and politics
careers, the former world champion in eight weight
divisions said: “When I started boxing, of course I
was planning, you know and thinking about getting to
become a champion. So when I enter politics it’s the
same thing.
“But, you know, it’s far away,” he said, adding: “It’s
God’s will.”
Before that, however, Pacquiao whose record stands
at 54 wins, five losses and two draws, must
concentrate on his latest bout — a post breakfast-time
tear-up with US fighter Brandon Rios, kicking off at
the Venetian resort-hotel in Macau at 10:00 am on
November 24.
The unconventional start time is for the benefit of the
lucrative US pay-per-view audience, who will be
settling down to watch the fight mid-evening on
Saturday, as top US promoter Bob Arum attempts to
elbow his way into the China market.
And viewers will not be oblivious to the fact that it is
probably make or break time for Pacquiao’s boxing
Despite his last fight ending in a disastrous knockout,
when Juan Manuel Marquez caught him with a huge
right hand that saw the Filipino crumple to the
canvas — his second successive defeat — Pacquiao
refuses to entertain the notion that he will lose a third
straight bout, or retire.
He said he was “100 percent” sure he would beat
Rios (31-1-1), giving him one more chance to regain
his credibility — and potentially another shot at a
world title.
“He’s OK but I can say he’s a greasy fighter and he
loves to fight inside, he loves to fight toe-to-toe,” he
said in an interview on Saturday as he kicked off a
promotional tour for the Rios battle.
“This is going to be a good fight — more action in the
ring. Hopefully he won’t run away.”
Pacquiao insists he is as fit as ever, will focus on not
leaving himself open to Marquez-style punishment,
and has ignored calls from friends, family and media
commentators, fearful for his health, to call it a day.
Once regarded as the world’s best pound-for-pound
fighter, he dismisses the possibility of defeat at the
hands of the much younger — and possibly hungrier —
US opponent.
“There’s a little bit of pressure for this fight but I
believe in myself that I can still fight and improve,” he
said. “I still can knock somebody out in the ring.
“I never think negative. I only think positive,”
Pacquiao added, conceding that his nearest and
dearest were desperate for him to bow out of the
fight game.
“Especially my mother,” he admitted. “My mother
doesn’t want me to fight any more, she doesn’t like
it,” he told AFP. “She wants me to focus on serving
His trainer too, the legendary Freddie Roach, has
categorically stated that if he loses to Rios it will be
the last time he sets foot in the ring.
“If he loses, I will tell him to retire,” he was reported
as telling ESPN.
Pacquiao’s preparation for the fight will begin in the
Philippines next month, with “light training for
conditioning” seeing him run in the morning and hit
his gym in the afternoon, before he steps up the work
rate to put himself through weeks of gruelling
Acknowledging he is no longer a young fighter — but
confident he will be in as good a shape as ever — he
said: “Of course, my mind is still there but I have to
adjust a little bit of something in my body because
I’m 34 years old. It’s different than if you compare it
to when I was 25 years old.
“I need to focus this training camp to maintain the
speed, specifically the footwork.”
And the one question that has for years dogged
Pacquiao — whether a dream clash with undefeated
five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather will
ever happen?
“I’ve stopped thinking about him because I don’t
think he will fight me. I’ve been waiting four years
already,” he said.
Abeg make he jare may he go beat beat poverty, corruption, rape and sickness for Philippines, he has been donating well for th development of the country.
Bro I dey ur back.
culled from yahoo news

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