• Pacquiao ‘open’ to Mayweather bout

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    Beauty and brawn Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach meets Manny Pacquiao after his welcoming parade in Quezon City. Photo by Ruy L. Martinez

    Beauty and brawn Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach meets Manny Pacquiao after his welcoming parade in Quezon City. Photo by Ruy L. Martinez

    BOXING enthusiasts may not have seen the last of Manny Pacquiao in the ring after all.
    Another fight looms in the horizon for the boxing superstar who admitted on Thursday that he is open to a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    His statement added fuel to speculations that Pacquiao is not ready to hang up his gloves despite his statement that he is retiring.

    The boxing superstar was given a hero’s welcome on Thiursday for demolishing Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on Sunday.

    Pacquiao was greeted by fans when he and his family arrived aboard Philippine Airlines Flight PR103 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.

    He gave a brief news conference at the airport’s lobby where he discussed his future plans.

    “Yes, I am retired as of now. I want to be with my family and to serve my people,” Pacquiao, 37, said.

    The Sarangani lawmaker, however, pointed out that he is not officially retired and that he is “leaving the door open” for a possible rematch with Mayweather, who defeated the Filipino champion in May 2015.

    Mayweather also announced his retirement  after winning over Andre Berto in September last year.

    “I don’t want to say something that you know we don’t know yet. I don’t know what the feeling is going to be like when I’m retired,” Pacquiao told reporters.

    His wife Jinkee said Pacquiao is retiring but she also did not rule out the possibility of another fight.

    “It’s up to him if he leaves his door open for another fight,” Jinkee said.

    Observers had said that there are ongoing negotiations between handlers of Mayweather and Pacquiao for a possible rematch.

    But as for now, Pacquiao said he is “happy to be retired and thankful.”

    “I already made a promise to my family that I will retire. I will devote my time to them and other things.”

    “I would like to thank my fellow Filipinos for being there for me, who cheered and prayed for me, every time I fight,” he added. “I think this is the right time [to retire].”

    Overdue

    Pacquiao’s business manager, Eric Pineda, said his ward’s retirement is “overdue.”

    “Manny’s retirement is long overdue and he is already retired as of now. Manny can give more time to public service and to his other job as a playing coach in the PBA [Philippine Basketball Association],” he told The Manila Times in an interview.

    Pineda said Pacquiao can now focus on his senatorial campaign.

    The boxing icon is running for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
    His brother Rogelio is also running as representative of Sarangani province while another sibling, Bobby, is running as councilor in General Santos City.

    Vice President Jejomar Binay, head of UNA, said Pacquiao will be joining their sorties.
    “Kausap ko lang po siya kanina e at sabi niya sasama na siya [I was talking to him earlier today, that he has arrived and he said he will join us],” Binay said in a news briefing in Dipolog City.

    Binay believes that Pacquiao’s presence will help boost his ratings.

    “Sa mga pananalita ni Senator Pacquiao bago pa siya umalis e ang napili niyang makasama sa darating na halalan e ako at ang partido namin kasi pare-pareho kaming pinanggalingang kahirapan ay ito ho ang programang aming… ‘yung pag-aangat ng buhay ng bawat Pilipino [And as he said before he left the country, he chose to be with me and our party in the coming elections because we all came from poverty and this is our program… uplifting the lives of every Filipino,” he said.

    With REINA TOLENTINO

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    8 Comments

    1. Kaya tayong mga filipino nde umuusad eh hanggang ngaun , crab mentality pa din ang umiiral sa atin.

    2. Nestor Baylan on

      Pacquiao is not a serious public servant but a slave of money. Give this man his first defeat in the political ring.

    3. Itong mga ungas na to. Ano ba pakialam nyo kung lalaban pa ang tao. Aminin nyo na. Labas ngala ngala nyo sa inggit kay PacMan. Matalo manalo man yan kay Maywether, panalo pa rin dahil nakakatulong yan sa nga tao. Kayo, puro laway lang..

    4. Hay,tumigil ka na habang panalo ka. It would be tragic if you are the loser in your last fight. Tama na yang Mayweather na yan. Sa klase ng laro nung taong yun, matatalo ka pa rin if there is a rematch. It is not a disgrace that you lost against him because he doesn’t play fair. Tama na, please lang. Di mo na nga na-knock out si Bradley so better think twice. If you fight again,it means you are greedy for the money. And I will pray that you will lose. Sorry.

    5. Walang salita naka ilang vow na siya. Tapos gagamitin na naman niya ang pangalan ng Diyos.

    6. Our Barangay feels that Pacquiao will be good in the Senate (compare to the seat givrn to Sotto , Bong & Lapid) . The only question lies ahead is why he joined Binay’s camp. It would be better if any of the other presidentiables except Binay.

    7. Pacman will win as Senator but not Binay. He & his son are going to prison whoever is the president! Binay will never see the monies he stole from Makati. Poor Binay!

    8. Paki tinalo ka ni Mayweather kaya tama na yang drama na rematch kasi hindi ka na niya papatulan .. baka raw matalo ka ulit eh magimbento ka naman ng ibang sakit