Pacquiao back in PH, set to begin training soon
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is back in the Philippines after a media tour to promote his April 9 showdown against Timothy Bradley Jr., and is set to begin training for the welterweight fight soon.
Pacquiao has confirmed that the fight against Bradley will be the last of his legendary boxing career.
"Matagal ko nang pinag-desisyunan 'yan," Pacquiao said of his retirement in an interview Saturday night.
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The fight against Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas marks the third time he will face off against the American champion. Bradley beat him controversially when they first fought in 2012, but Pacquiao handily won the 2014 rematch.
The "Pacman" said he plans to start training for the bout soon.
"Start na tayo siguro ng training para maipanalo natin itong huling fight," he said.
Between his training camp and the fight itself, Pacquiao will not have much time to campaign for the 2016 national elections, wherein he is running for a seat in the Senate.
"Short time lang ako makakapag-campaign pagkatapos ng fight," Pacquiao acknowledged. "Pero alam naman siguro ng mga tao na tumatakbo ako para sa ating bansa, (sa) karangalan ng ating bansa."
"'Yun ang kahulihulihan nating laban, maiintindihan siguro nila. Makikita nila after niyan," he added.
Pacquiao said he is not worried about the lack of time to campaign.
"Siguro naman maiintindihan ng mga tao," he said.
"Sa akin, kailangan mag-prepare dito para sa karangalan ng ating bansa. Kailangan maipanalo natin hanggang sa huli. Kailangan natin ng honor sa ating bansa. Para sa ating lahat din ito," he added.
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