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PACQUIAO: 'ONE LAST FIGHT' BEFORE MAY POLLS; HINTS RETIREMENT


Will Filipino boxing legend Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao permanently exchange his sports shorts and gloves with a suit after the May 2016 elections? INQUIRER.net FILE
People’s champ and Sarangani Representative Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao said he was ready to retire from boxing to concentrate on politics and “helping the people.” Asked in a televised interview whether he was retiring from boxing, Pacquiao said “Ready na siguro [to hang up the gloves] dahil 20 years na ako sa boxing.” (I am probably ready because I have been boxing for 20 years) But the Filipino boxing legend refused to categorically say that he was retiring except to say that he would have “one last fight” before the May elections.
“I’m not saying that I am retiring but may fight pang isa before the elections,” (I may have one last fight before the elections) Pacquiao told Karen Davila of ANC’s “Headstart.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Number of days Pacquiao reported in Congress in 2014


ABSENTEES: Representatives Julio Ledesma and Manny Pacquiao. INQUIRER.net
Boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao showed up for work at the House of Representatives only four days last year.
Negros Occidental Rep. Julio Ledesma IV was a bit better—the records showed he attended the session seven times. The two congressmen were the top absentees in the chamber, each with a total attendance of seven, according to official records posted on the House’s website. Pacquiao, also a part-time actor, singer and basketball coach, was actually present in only four session days but he was “deemed present”—meaning his absence was excused—for three days. He spent 25 days on “constituency work” and registered two unexcused absences, based on the records. Busy fighting The boxing hero had two fights last year, the first against Timothy Bradley in April and against Chris Algieri in November. The Filipino won both fights by a unanimous decision. READ MORE...

ALSO No. 1 absentee: Pacquiao urged to be more active as congressman


Manny Pacquiao. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Thursday called on boxing eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao to be more active in his duties as Sarangani Representative.
“I’m happy (with his win). But I wish he’d be more involved [in the House of Representatives],” Belmonte said in an interview on Monday. On top of being a boxer and congressman, Pacquiao is playing-coach of the team Kia Sorento and played the first seven minutes of the game in the opener of the 40th Season of the Philippine Basketball Association. Pacquiao figured among the top absentees in the chamber this year, with an attendance record of 38, but eight of his absences were due to “constituency work,” and only one was without notice. Meanwhile, Pampanga Rep. Joseller “Yeng” Guiao, coach for Rain or Shine in the PBA, attended 65 out of 69 session days. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch? Arum says, "There's no such thing"


Manny Pacquiao in file photo.
Top Rank chief Bob Arum has doused cold water on a published report that Manny Pacquiao is in talks with Floyd Mayweather Jr. regarding a possible rematch.
Arum said there’s no such thing – at least for now. “None. Zero. Not one,” the legendary promoter told Yahoo! Sports after news came out from Doha, Qatar that negotiations are on for Part 2 of the “Fight of the Century.” Pacquiao took a whirlwind trip to Doha, spending 26 hours on the plane from Manila and back, and staying in the oil-rich nation for less than 19 hours. The Agence France Press ran a story from Doha, suggesting that Pacquiao is in talks with Mayweather for a rematch sometime between February and April next year. Arum had earlier said he’s currently negotiating with Amir Khan, and out of respect to the British star, he will talk to no other fighter while they’re on it. Pacquiao also told The STAR last week that he’s aware of the talks between his promoter and his former sparring partner. “I’m okay. I’ve spoken to Bob,” said Pacquiao. The AFP quoted Pacquiao as saying, “I will fight anybody, anywhere. I am going to fight probably before the election. The election is coming next year, May, and before that I will probably have one fight.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao Comments on Retiring After Next Fight, Run for Philippine Senate[Saranggani Representative Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that he would run for senator in the 2016 elections. According to GMA News' Mark Zambrano, Pacquiao said he would formally announce his senatorial bid within the week.]


PACQUIAO: Aaron Favila/Associated Press
Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao intends to increase his political responsibilities in his native Philippines in 2016, and that may mean a retirement from boxing is on the horizon.
According to ABS-CBN, the 36-year-old fighter acknowledged he plans to run for Senate after having served in the Filipino Congress since 2010: "Yes, I'm going to run for [a] Senate post this coming 2016 election. But as to which party, that's still to be determined." Following that announcement, Pacquiao revealed he may retire from boxing following his next fight in order to put his time and effort into politics, per ABS-CBN (h/t SkySports.com): "I think I'm ready [for retirement]. I've been in boxing for more than 20 years. I prayed to God for guidance and I am happy about it. I will have to give up the other things that require my attention. If you are a senator, your focus should only be your job and your family." Pac-Man's comments come on the heels of his promoter, Bob Arum, sharing similar sentiments in September, according to TMZ: "He's gonna fight again next year but his goal is to become a senator in the Philippines, which he will be next year, and then to be president. I think Manny will retire once he's elected to the Senate of the Philippines which is next year ... he's gonna hang up the gloves." READ MORE...


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Pacquiao: ‘One last fight’ before May polls; hints retirement


Will Filipino boxing legend Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao permanently exchange his sports shorts and gloves with a suit after the May 2016 elections? INQUIRER.net FILE

MANILA, OCTOBER 12, 2015, (INQUIRER) @inquirerdotnet - People’s champ and Sarangani Representative Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao said he was ready to retire from boxing to concentrate on politics and “helping the people.”

Asked in a televised interview whether he was retiring from boxing, Pacquiao said “Ready na siguro [to hang up the gloves] dahil 20 years na ako sa boxing.” (I am probably ready because I have been boxing for 20 years)

But the Filipino boxing legend refused to categorically say that he was retiring except to say that he would have “one last fight” before the May elections.

“I’m not saying that I am retiring but may fight pang isa before the elections,” (I may have one last fight before the elections) Pacquiao told Karen Davila of ANC’s “Headstart.”

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Pacquiao is reportedly in talks with Amir Khan for a match in March or April.

“Pag andyan na sa Senado ang focus mo ay ang trabaho at family,” (Once at the Senate, one’s focus would be the work and family) explained Pacquiao, whose attendance as a member of the House of Representatives is under scrutiny.

As representative of Sarangani, Pacquiao was present in Congress only four times in 2014. He said training for his fights had kept him away from attending House sessions.

He has declared plans of running for the Senate in May 2016. CB


INQUIRER

Number of days Pacquiao reported in Congress in 2014
By: DJ Yap @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:17 AM January 14th, 2015


Representatives Julio Ledesma and Manny Pacquiao. INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines–Boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao showed up for work at the House of Representatives only four days last year.

Negros Occidental Rep. Julio Ledesma IV was a bit better—the records showed he attended the session seven times.

The two congressmen were the top absentees in the chamber, each with a total attendance of seven, according to official records posted on the House’s website.

Pacquiao, also a part-time actor, singer and basketball coach, was actually present in only four session days but he was “deemed present”—meaning his absence was excused—for three days.

He spent 25 days on “constituency work” and registered two unexcused absences, based on the records.

Busy fighting

The boxing hero had two fights last year, the first against Timothy Bradley in April and against Chris Algieri in November. The Filipino won both fights by a unanimous decision.

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On the other hand, Ledesma, a third-termer, was physically present only seven days, doing constituency work for 14 days. He was listed as absent without leave for 13 other days.

The attendance of two representatives under house or hospital arrest was left blank: Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Lanao del Norte Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo.

Hospital arrest

Arroyo has been under hospital arrest in Quezon City since October 2012 in connection with a plunder complaint against her involving alleged misuse of state lottery funds.

She has not attended any session in the current 16th Congress.

Dimaporo, on the other hand, has been under hospital arrest since August 2013 while facing charges of malversation for the alleged fictitious purchase and delivery of P5 million worth of fertilizer through a nongovernment organization in 2004.

Perfect attendance

Only 65 lawmakers out of 290, led by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., posted a perfect attendance of 34 session days from Jan. 20 to Dec. 17, 2014.

There were actually 70 session days but the roll was called in only half of that time to dispense with the need for a quorum.

In the past, the House journal service counted the days when there was no roll call (when all members were considered present), resulting in skewed attendance numbers.

Low attendance

For instance, the records at one point showed Arroyo and Dimaporo—who were supposedly under hospital arrest—being present during certain days.

Low attendance was a cause of problem in the House last year as the chamber needed to pass a number of priority measures, chief of which was the P2.6-trillion national budget for 2015.

In the last quarter, as House leaders were scrambling to enact the budget, low numbers threatened to derail its approval as opposition lawmakers questioned the quorum on the plenary floor.

Other absentees

Other top absentees included Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. with an attendance record of 10, Iloilo Rep. Hernan Biron Jr. with 11 and Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez with 15.

Abang Lingkod Rep. Joseph Stephen Paduano also registered an attendance of 15 days, but he was sworn in only in May.

Originally posted: 5:20 PM | Tuesday, January 13th, 2015


INQUIRER

Pacquiao urged: Be more active as congressman By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab @MJcayabyabINQ INQUIRER.net 07:19 PM October 20th, 2014


Manny Pacquiao. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Thursday called on boxing eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao to be more active in his duties as Sarangani Representative.

“I’m happy (with his win). But I wish he’d be more involved [in the House of Representatives],” Belmonte said in an interview on Monday.

On top of being a boxer and congressman, Pacquiao is playing-coach of the team Kia Sorento and played the first seven minutes of the game in the opener of the 40th Season of the Philippine Basketball Association.

Pacquiao figured among the top absentees in the chamber this year, with an attendance record of 38, but eight of his absences were due to “constituency work,” and only one was without notice.

Meanwhile, Pampanga Rep. Joseller “Yeng” Guiao, coach for Rain
or Shine in the PBA, attended 65 out of 69 session days.


PHILSTAR

Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch? Arum: There's no such thing By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 10, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao in file photo.

MANILA, Philippines - Top Rank chief Bob Arum has doused cold water on a published report that Manny Pacquiao is in talks with Floyd Mayweather Jr. regarding a possible rematch.

Arum said there’s no such thing – at least for now.

“None. Zero. Not one,” the legendary promoter told Yahoo! Sports after news came out from Doha, Qatar that negotiations are on for Part 2 of the “Fight of the Century.”

Pacquiao took a whirlwind trip to Doha, spending 26 hours on the plane from Manila and back, and staying in the oil-rich nation for less than 19 hours.

The Agence France Press ran a story from Doha, suggesting that Pacquiao is in talks with Mayweather for a rematch sometime between February and April next year.

Arum had earlier said he’s currently negotiating with Amir Khan, and out of respect to the British star, he will talk to no other fighter while they’re on it.

Pacquiao also told The STAR last week that he’s aware of the talks between his promoter and his former sparring partner.

“I’m okay. I’ve spoken to Bob,” said Pacquiao.

The AFP quoted Pacquiao as saying, “I will fight anybody, anywhere. I am going to fight probably before the election. The election is coming next year, May, and before that I will probably have one fight.”

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“Notice that Pacquiao did not specifically mention Mayweather’s name in that quote, though the story written by the AFP reporter says that,” Yahoo! Sports wrote.

Pacquiao also said his next fight might take place in the Middle East – whoever the opponent is.

Aside from Khan, also in the short list are Kell Brook, Terence Crawford, Victor Postol and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Arum considers Mayweather retired.

“Mayweather is retired and I take him at his word. But second, you know there is no way that Mayweather is ever going to fight in the Gulf, even if he did decide to fight again, so it’s all [expletive],” said Arum.

If indeed Pacquiao is in talks with Mayweather, then Arum certainly knows nothing about it.

“I have no idea what he’s talking about. He said it, not me. But I have had no talks with anyone about that,” said the 83-year-old promoter.

Pacquiao has announced his intention to run for the senate in the May 9 national elections although he has yet to file his candidacy.

Insiders say Pacquiao is still contemplating on whether he’d run as an independent candidate or join any other political party.

“Once he runs under a party, then automatically he becomes an opponent to the others. As an independent candidate, there’s no barrier,” said the insider.

Right now, Pacquiao is focused on his political plans, adding that the deal for his next fight should be finalized before the year ends.

Arum said Mayweaher is out of the picture.


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Manny Pacquiao Comments on Retiring After Next Fight, Run for Philippine Senate By Mike Chiari , Featured Columnist Oct 7, 2015


PACQUIAO: Aaron Favila/Associated Press

Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao intends to increase his political responsibilities in his native Philippines in 2016, and that may mean a retirement from boxing is on the horizon.

According to ABS-CBN, the 36-year-old fighter acknowledged he plans to run for Senate after having served in the Filipino Congress since 2010: "Yes, I'm going to run for [a] Senate post this coming 2016 election. But as to which party, that's still to be determined."

Following that announcement, Pacquiao revealed he may retire from boxing following his next fight in order to put his time and effort into politics, per ABS-CBN (h/t SkySports.com): "I think I'm ready [for retirement]. I've been in boxing for more than 20 years. I prayed to God for guidance and I am happy about it. I will have to give up the other things that require my attention. If you are a senator, your focus should only be your job and your family."

Pac-Man's comments come on the heels of his promoter, Bob Arum, sharing similar sentiments in September, according to TMZ: "He's gonna fight again next year but his goal is to become a senator in the Philippines, which he will be next year, and then to be president. I think Manny will retire once he's elected to the Senate of the Philippines which is next year ... he's gonna hang up the gloves."

READ MORE...

Pacquiao has expressed a desire to have a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr., who defeated him via unanimous decision in May.

It was revealed after the fight that Pacquiao competed with a torn rotator cuff, but he has reportedly made a great deal of progress in his recovery.

While a rematch with Mayweather seems unlikely since Money announced his retirement after defeating Andre Berto in September, Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail believes England's Amir Khan could be the front-runner for Pacquiao's next and potentially final fight.

Regardless of whom Pac-Man's next opponent is, it will undoubtedly be a spectacle. If it does turn out to be the final time Pacquiao puts on the gloves, then the only eight-division world champion in history can walk away from the sport knowing he has accomplished nearly everything possible. Follow @MikeChiari on Twitter.


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