MANILA -- Barely four months since his boxing retirement, eight-division world champion and Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao is all set to make his comeback in the fight game.
And for those wondering why the change of heart for the Pacman, he finally gave his explanation.
No, it's not about the money.
"Aminin ko ah, boxing is my passion," Pacquiao said.
"Diyan ako lumaki, hilig ko talaga yan. Nami-miss ko yung boxing," he added.
Of course, there's the thrill of winning for the Philippines, something Manny has been doing since Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was the President of the Republic.
"Karangalan ko na nagbibigay ako ng honor sa ating bansa. Boxing is my vocation," the fighting senator said.
With another fight looming, Pacquiao is making sure the entire process won't hinder his duties in the Senate.
"Basta hindi ma-apektuhan yung pagta-trabaho ko, yan ang sinisigurado ko," Pacquiao said who is the chairman of the committee on public works.
"Ayoko ma-apektuhan yung pagse-serbisyo ko sa taong bayan at for the mean time, edi kumikita ako para sa pamilya ko. Ayokong gamiting livelihood yung pagse-serbisyo ko because what I believe is government is a public service, not a professional business," he added.
Boxing in the end, is too close to the heart of Pacman.
"Syempre kikita ka pag lumaban ka eh, pero hindi yan talaga ang dahilan. Kumbaga, yan [boxing] ang passion ko eh. Iba ang pakiramdam," he said.
This article originally appeared on the ABS-CBN Sports website.