Nagpahiwatig na si eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao na magreretiro na sa boksing sa 2016 para tumakbo bilang senador sa ilalim ng United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
“There’s a big possibility that I will run for senator. UNA asked me to join its slate and I am grateful they picked me,” sinabi ni Pacquiao sa panayam ng DZMM.
May limang laban pa si Pacquiao sa huling kontratang nilagdaan nito kay Top Rank big boss Bob Arum na magsisimula sa kanyang pagdepensa sa WBO welterweight title sa kampeon naman sa junior welterweight na si Chris Algieri ng United States sa Nobyembre 22 sa Macau, China.
“The fight for a piece of the welterweight title held by Pacquiao comes a year after the boxing icon headlined the first big fight card there with a win over Brandon Rios,” ayon naman sa ulat ng AFP. “Pacquiao suffered two consecutive defeats in 2012 to American Timothy Bradley and Mexican Juan Miguel Marquez.”
Ngunit kahit natalo, nakabawi si Pacquiao sa dalawang sunod na panalo kina Rios at Bradley na binawian niya ng WBO welterweight crown.
“He redeemed himself somewhat in winning a Bradley rematch last April, following a convincing victory against Rios,” dagdag sa ulat. “Pacquio also expressed hopes to face another unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. before he retires. There have been repeated efforts to negotiate such a fight but they have never prospered even as Mayweather, 37, declared that he will never face Pacquiao as long as he is promoted by Bob Arum.”