Retired boxing icon turned politician Senator Manny Pacquiao belied earlier reports that he was planning on filing a leave from his duties in the Senate so he could commit time for a comeback fight later this year.
In a statement posted online, Pacquiao, who ranked seventh during the elections, denied the rumors. “There is no truth to media reports that I’m planning to take a leave from my Senate duties just to fight again atop the ring,” he said. “I want to make it clear – My priority is my legislative works… I owe it to the people.”
Pacquiao also reassured the public that if ever he will have extra-curricular activities it will not affect his job as a duly-elected senator.
“My next fight has not yet been discussed. Should there be any, I’ll make sure it will not interfere with my Senate duties,” he said. “If ever I decide to fight again, rest assured, it will happen when Congress is on recess so there’s no need for me to go on leave.”
Pacquiao’s statement comes after his promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, claimed that Pacquiao is finding ways on taking a leave of absence despite the former Sarangani representative's campaign promise of not missing session days once elected, GMA News reported.
“He is going to fight. I don't know what the date is," revealed Arum. "He is working with the president of the Philippines' senate for an appropriate date where he can leave the Philippines for two or three weeks to prepare for the fight.”
Pacquiao was last seen inside a boxing in early April when he defeated American rival Timothy Bradley to end their trilogy of fights.
Photo from Manny Pacquiao's official Facebook account