ROACH: PACMAN WON'T WIN IN ELECTIONS
MANILA, APRIL 16, 2010 (BULLETIN) By NICK GIONGCO - Freddie Roach has a funny feeling about Manny Pacquiao’s foray into politics.
“I don’t feel he will win the congressional race because they don’t want him to be congressman because they (Filipino voters) feel like we do — they want him to remain a fighter,” said Roach as quoted by boxingscene.
Pacquiao, the world’s No. 1 fighter, is vying for the lone congressional seat in Sarangani province on May 10, 2010 against businessman Roy Chiongbian, who comes from an influential political clan.
Roach even went further in assessing what is on the horizon for his favorite fighter.
“I don’t see Manny Pacquiao retiring any time soon,” said Roach, a statement that runs counter with the Filipino boxer’s hint at retirement in the near future owing to pressure from his wife Jinkee and mother Dionisia.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is lining up a September or November ring return for Pacquiao possibly against the winner of the May 1 showdown between Floyd Mayweather or Shane Mosley.
Arum is even coming to the country in the final days heading into the elections not only to provide morale support but to discuss the proposed fight late this year.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times is sending Bill Dwyre, its top sports columnist, to General Santos City to cover Pacquiao’s campaign trail.
Dwyre will do just one story for the Times but it will be so huge that it will come out on the paper’s front page on election day.
Aside from Dwyre, also coming over and aching to cover Pacquiao’s sorties are representatives from the major US television networks.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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