Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao said he is very happy to have been selected as one of the possible senatorial bets of the opposition for the 2016 elections, but his focus remains on his constituents and boxing for now.
Pacquiao, 35, was named by Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito as one of their early choices for senator, along with former senator Richard Gordon and Juan Miguel Zubiri.
“I felt very happy when I heard the news because all of them are my friends,” Pacquiao, a congressman representing Sarangani, told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Wednesday.
“But of course, I am not thinking about it for now because we’re doing a lot of things especially to Sarangani and to my boxing career,” he said, speaking in Filipino.
“We are still thinking of many projects but I’m very thankful to the opposition.”
Pacquiao, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion, is scheduled to take on undefeated American and defending WBO junior welterweight titleholder Chris Algieri in a title fight on November 22 at the Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.
Pacquiao’s manager Eric Pineda agreed that Pacquiao, who totes a 56-5-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts, is too busy with professional boxing, legislative work and as playing coach for KIA Motors in the next Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) season.
Pacquiao has signed as KIA head coach, and last week submitted his application for the PBA rookie draft in August.