Arum maintains Pacquiao has sights on presidency


Posted at Sep 03 2015 05:03 PM | Updated as of Sep 04 2015 01:03 AM

Pacman might retire next year, Arum said


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Top Rank Inc.’s Bob Arum seems pretty sure about Manny Pacquiao’s political ambitions.

The veteran boxing promoter said that aside from Pacquiao’s plan to seek a seat in the Philippine Senate, he said the fighting congressman also has his eye on the presidency.

Pacquiao is currently serving his second term as congressman for the lone district of Sarangani province.

“He's gonna fight again next year but his goal is to become a senator in the Philippines which is next year and then to be president,” said Arum in Boxing Scene.

Pacquiao is on a break from boxing after going under the knife to correct a torn rotator cuff. He is expected to return to action sometime in the early part of 2016 shortly before the national elections.

Arum said if Pacquiao gets elected as senator, he’s going to leave boxing.

“I think Manny will retire once he's elected to the Senate of the Philippines which is next year," he said. "He's gonna hang up his gloves.”

With the elections still eight months away, there were already speculations about Pacquiao’s political affiliation.

[READ: Pacquiao on Grace-Chiz Senate slate?]

ABS-CBN sources said that the fighting congressman is being considered to be part of a senatorial ticket for the undeclared bids of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero for higher office.