Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring this year

Filipino boxer and newly elected senator, Manny Pacquiao is planning to return to the ring, according to his long-time promoter Bob Arum.

Pacquiao who was elected to the senate in May, had said in April he was retiring after beating Timothy Bradley.

Mr Arum said Pacquiao was now eyeing a return around November, against an unnamed opponent.

“Manny wants to come back,” Arum said. “The problem is he can only come back if it doesn’t interfere with his senate duties.”

Arum had previously planned an October 15 fight in Mandalay Bay Events Centre, but scrapped it due to upcoming votes in the senate in Pacquiao’s native Philippines.

“The question is building availability because we want to do the fight in Las Vegas,” Arum said about the new dates.

Arum said the most difficult part of setting up a fight is working around the boxer’s busy political schedule.

“He now has given us the go-ahead to shop for a venue and an opponent and see if we can do it on a particular date or dates,” Arum said.

“We’ve been trying to work out a date that doesn’t interfere with his senatorial responsibilities and his ability to train.”

But in a statement, Mr Pacquiao said no fight had been discussed and he would not be taking a break from politics.

“My priority is my legislative works,” he said on Facebook.

“If I ever decide to fight again, rest assured, it will happen when Congress is on recess so there’s no need for me to go on leave.”

 

 

Aisha JM