Senate President Franklin Drilon on Thursday expressed support to eight-division world champion and now senator Manny Pacquiao’s return to boxing as long as he will not neglect his duties in the Senate.
“I am a lawyer and I can exercise my profession as a lawyer. A businessman can continue running his/her business while being a member of the legislature, an entertainer can continue his or her profession while being a member of the congress, why should we impose a different standard to a professional boxer? That’s why I am supporting Senator Pacquiao’s decision to box again because that is his profession,” Drilon said.
“But I hold him to his commitment that it will not be at the price of neglecting his duty as a senator,” he added.
Drilon vowed that he would be the first to criticize the boxing legend if he neglects his duties as a senator.
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum earlier announced that the Filipino ring icon is eyeing to fight in a bout on November 5.
Pacquiao earlier assured the public that he would give top priority to his legislative responsibilities if ever he decides to fight again.
Pacquiao, according to reports, is the No.1 absentee when he was still a member of the House of Representatives.