Senator and World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao announced on Thursday that the Philippine Boxing Commission bill would be drafted late this year and expected to become a law in 2017.
Pacquiao said the law would benefit professional, amateur and retired boxers in the country.
“Even the upcoming boxers will be receiving a lot of benefits not only those active and retired boxers,” Pacquiao told The Manila Times on Thursday. “We will do everything to finish this bill by December but I think it will be implemented early next year.”
“I really wanted this bill to become a law because all Filipino boxers, especially those who are representing our country abroad, really deserve this,” added Pacquiao. “We need a commission that will look on the welfare of our boxers until they retire and grow older.”
Besides the boxers, the proposed Philippine Boxing Commission will also uphold the welfare of boxing trainers. It will also handle the processing of license and other requirements for boxers, a task that is currently being handled by the Games and Amusement Board (GAB).
Even after the creation of the Philippine Boxing Commission, GAB will continue its function covering other professional sports like mixed martial arts and basketball.
Pacquiao’s Chief of Staff Rene Casibang said that once Pacquiao has completed the resolution, the bill would pass through the Congress for approval. The final stage is President Rodrigo Duterte signing it into a law.
“So far, we are still drafting all details. This bill is for all boxers around the country. Senator wants this bill to be passed the soonest,” Casibang said.
Former professional pug Jonathan Peñalosa, who is now among Freddie Roach’s assistant trainers welcomes Pacquiao’s move.
“Senator Manny (Pacquiao) already discussed that Philippine Boxing Commission bill to us and we’re all happy that there will be a government agency for boxers,” he said.
Pacquiao also announced that there would be a Senate inquiry on the alleged unliquidated funds released by former officials of the Philippine Sports Commission under its former chairman Richie Garcia to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
The Senate would also look into the issue of unfair disqualification of Ricky Vargas to run for POC president on November 25.