MANILA, JUNE 22, 2007
(STAR) By Abac Cordero - Manny Pacquiao has dropped his plans to take up law.

Instead, the flamboyant boxer, who lost his bid for a congressional seat in the May 14 elections, will take up a business-related course so he can keep track of his businesses on and off the ring.

During the campaign period, Pacquiao bared his plan to get a degree in political science for a better understanding of the laws governing the country – a major component of being a public official.

But since he was unfortunate in his bid, Pacquiao has decided to shift gears.

“Business course na lang. I will let my children take up law instead,” Pacquiao said over the radio yesterday.

“This is better so I can take care of my businesses,” said Pacquiao, who has put up his own Manny Pacquiao Promotions (MPP).

The MPP is not all about boxing as it also deals with Pacquiao’s numerous endorsement contracts, an apparel business and his fledgling recording career.

Pacquiao, a former bakery and construction worker who became a multi-millionaire through boxing, has three children with wife Jinkee - five-year-olds Michael and Emmanuel, and eight-month-old Princess.

Pacquiao is now in Manila to enroll his two sons at the Brent International School in Pasig.

A few weeks ago, Pacquiao and his family, except for the baby girl, were in the US for a needed break.

A trip to Disneyland was on top of the recent agenda.

To prepare for his studies, Pacquiao said he will hire a private tutor to help him polish his English.

Pacquiao reportedly went to the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University the other day for an entrance exam that will help him determine the course he is to take.

For the meantime, however, forget about Pacquiao, the lawyer.

Arum to announce Manny’s next foe Friday, June 22, 2007

Promoter Bob Arum will soon make an official announcement regarding Manny Pacquiao’s next fight – regardless of what happens in the ongoing mediation talks between Top Rank and Golden Boy.

“We will have an announcement on Manny next Monday or Tuesday regardless of if anything happens on the other situation. We are moving forward with Pacman’s next fight,” the ageless promoter told

Verbally, Pacquiao’s next fight, his first since an April 14 victory over Mexico’s Jorge Solis in San Antonio, is scheduled Oct. 6, against another Mexican, Humberto Soto, at the General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Arum, according to boxing chronicler Michael Marley, described Vancouver as “the leading candidate” owing to the fact that there are close to 140,000 Filipino residents that can easily pack the venue regardless of who the opponent is.

Marley wrote in the popular boxing website that Arum’s forthcoming announcement of a Pacquiao-Soto fight could mean that the mediation talks between the two warring promotional outfits are bound to fail.

It “has come to a screeching halt,” according to the report.

Representatives of Top Rank and Golden Boy, disputing the promotional rights over the Filipino superstar, have already met twice before a Los Angeles judge, and are scheduled to resume talks any time the mediator calls for.

For the meantime, the judge has ordered the contending parties to observe silence and confidentiality regarding the points that were tackled in the first two meetings. – Abac Cordero

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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