Boxer Manny Pacquiao. Reuters
MANILA, Philippines – With the elections fast approaching, boxer-politician Manny Pacquiao plans to have his farewell bout in the early part of April.
Pacquiao, who is running for a Senate seat, told his promoter Bob Arum that he wants to fight on April 9. If this farewell bout pushes through, it will be held a month ahead of the 2016 national elections on May 9.
''Manny said to me to at dinner in New York last week that 'Bob, I'm going to be a senator. I can't fight any longer as a senator because I can't be absent [from office] and this fight has to take place no later than April 9, and it will be my last fight,'' Arum recounted in an interview with USA Today.
The eight-division former world champion is currently serving his second term as Sarangani representative.
Many believe that his plan to secure a Senate seat is part of his long-term aspiration to become president.
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Meanwhile, Pacquiao's camp has yet to decide on who the boxer's final opponent will be.
Arum said Pacquiao's potential opponents are Terrence Crawford, Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley.
Arum, however, admitted that Pacquiao prefers to have Juan Manuel Marquez as his last foe in the ring. During their fourth clash, Pacquiao got knocked out by the counterpunching specialist.
Arum said he could not add Marquez to the list because the Mexican seemed to be doing good in terms of finances. Hence, the Mexican wouldn't be persuaded with a lucrative deal, said the promoter.
''Marquez, unlike a lot of the fighters, is extremely well off, he's done good stuff with his money, he's smart … he's not driven by money. So therefore upping the ante on the money isn't going to do it. And ultimately I think it's the fact the knee hasn't come around 100 percent,'' said Arum.