Top Rank Promotion chief Bob Arum said that Manny Pacquiao is capable of becoming the next president of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP).
“I don’t have any idea regarding the affairs of ABAP but I believe he is capable to lead that association,” Arum told The Manila Times. “Manny has a legislative experience in the Congress and now in the Senate. I’m sure he will be a big help there.”
Arum, said that besides Pacquiao’s strong leadership, the 37-year-old eight-division world champion is also a former amateur boxer hence knows the problems within the sport.
“He is also a boxer and he knows what are the needs of the boxers.”
Meanwhile, Pacquiao, who will be facing Word Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, said he’s not decided yet if he’s up to task.
“I don’t know about it and I don’t have any idea. I will think about it,” Pacquiao told The Manila Times in a brief interview over the weekend at the Senate. “If I can help them, let us see. So far, I don’t have any idea. I’m also busy here in the Senate.”
After its boxers failed to win any medals in the ongoing Rio Olympics last week, ABAP President Ricky Vargas announced that he would immediately call for an election after the Rio Games.
“We did our best and now it is time to turn the baton over after seven years of leadership,” said Vargas in a statement after Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez lost in the first round of the Olympics boxing competition.
Vargas also confirmed that Pacquiao is a member of the ABAP board making him eligible to run for president.
“Manny is capable because he is a member of the ABAP board, but we haven’t talked yet,” said Vargas in a separate phone interview. “There will be a process. After the Olympics, we will talk.”