Boxing’s loss, Senate’s gain?

Boxing icon and  Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao of Sarangani has said he will be a ‘working’ senator if he  wins in the elections next year.

Pacquiao, who is the top absentee in the House of Representatives, said he might have to give up his boxing career to be able to focus on his legislative work at the Senate.

Levelling up. This photo taken on Oct. 5, 2015 shows Philippine boxing icon Emmanuel Pacquiao delivering a speech declaring his intention to run for Senate at the provincial capitol in Alabel town, Sarangani Pacquiao announced Oct. 7 he would likely retire next year after one last fight to focus on a career in politics, hopefully as a senator.  AFP

Pacquiao, the first and only eight-division world boxing champion, vowed to make it up to his legislative function by being more physically present in the Senate.

“I will give up the other things that require my attention, If you are a senator,  your focus should only be on your job and your family,” the 37-year-old Pacquiao said during a dinner with House reporters at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel Tuesday night.

During the First Regular Session of the 16th Congress from July 22, 2013 until June 11, 2014, Pacquiao topped the list of absentee House members, having attended only 38 out of 69 session days.

But Pacquiao, a born again Christian,  said he already had been  attending  to his constituency work and so he had to be absent in the House plenary session from time to time.

Pacquiao also  the playing coach of Mahindra (formerly Kia) in the local  professional basketball league, said he was looking forward to his next boxing bout probably in March before the  elections. But he was yet to  pick his opponent.

The richest member of the House,  Pacquiao expressed confidence in his plan to seek higher office, saying he understood the plight of every poor Filipino because he had been in that position.

Pacquiao was mum on which ticket he will be part of when he runs for senator in 2016 since both the ruling Liberal Party of standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II and the opposition United Nationalist Alliance  of Vice President Jejomar Binay are trying to win him over to their sides.

Pacquiao said he is open to being adopted as a guest candidate of various parties since he does not see any complication.
But Pacquiao was quick to say he would not abandon Binay being a staunch ally of the vice president.

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