Congressman Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao should quit boxing for good and focus on his job as a legislator now that he is assured of a seat at the Senate, Top Rank Promotion chief Bob Arum said on Tuesday.
“I’m very happy for what I’ve seen on Philippine TV, Manny [Pacquiao], winning a Senate seat,” Arum told The Manila Times by phone. “I’m monitoring what’s happening there and I will give him a call later congratulating him for reaching the Top 12.”
Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion who retired after winning by unanimous decision in his third bout against Timothy Bradley, ended his career with a 58-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts.
“I will advise Manny not to return to boxing anymore because this is a new chapter in his life, but this is only my suggestion, my opinion. I don’t know what is inside his mind, I don’t know what the future holds,” Arum said. “I’ve known Manny as a champion and a fighter.”
“His last fight against Bradley last April 9 in Las Vegas was great,” he noted. “Manny’s
condition and fighting form remain very impressive. He can still fight on a higher level.
But Manny is now destined to become a senator. So if you’re going to ask me, I don’t want him to return [to boxing].”
Arum dispelled rumors that he is arranging Pacquiao’s bout with Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez or a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Last week, there were reports that Pacquiao may face Alvarez (47-1-1 record with 33 knockouts) who had just brutally knocked out the Filipino champ’s former sparring partner Amir Khan.
“I won’t suggest that fight to Manny because I don’t like him to return,” Arum said.
Pacquiao ranked eighth in the latest partial and unofficial count of votes from Monday’s local and national elections by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting.