|Manny Pacquiao is treated in his corner between rounds of his title fight against Timothy Bradley last April. Photo by Steve Marcus, Reuters
MANILA, Philippines – Fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao confirmed plans to officially retire from boxing in 2016 in time for the national elections as he is expected to vie for a seat in the Senate.
In an interview with Anthony Taberna for “Tapatan Ni Tunying,” which airs on Thursday, the eight division champion and Sarangani congressman confirmed plans to run for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the 2016 elections.
“There’s a big possibility that I will run for Senate. UNA has asked me to join its slate, and I’m grateful for that,” he said.
This means, he is expected to fight four more matches before finally hanging his gloves.
Pacquiao is set to defend his WBO welterweight title against a younger and undefeated American fighter in Chris Mark Algieri in November.
The 35-year-old boxer-politician said he is not scared of going against younger opponents despite his age. He even finds time to coach and play for PBA expansion team KIA Motors.
Pacquiao also revealed that he had a phone conversation with Floyd Mayweather to iron out the details of a possible fight, but the deal still fell through.
Pacquiao’s exclusive interview with Taberna will air on Thursday at 4 p.m. on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold.
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