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Manny Pacquiao: No plan to take Senate leave for boxing

Senator and boxing champ Manny Pacquiao denied circulating media reports that he plans to take a leave from the Senate to train for another match.

In a press release by Manny Pacquiao posted on his Instagram account, the senator stated that there is no news to the rumors and his priority is his legislative work.


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“There is no truth to media reports that I’m planning to take a leave from my Senate duties just to fight again atop the ring. I want to make it clear–my priority is my legislative works. My next fight has not yet been discussed. Should there be any, I’ll make sure it will not interfere with my Senate duties. I owe it to the people. If ever I 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. The entire training will be done in the Philippines to ensure I can attend sessions even while on training camp. Boxing is my only means of livelihood to support my family and to help those who are in need. Politics, to me, is a vocation, not a means to eke out a living. I want to maintain that belief. I want to keep my dignity intact while in public service. May God continue to guide and bless all our endeavors,” the statement said.

Manny’s camp made the statement after Top Rank Promotions head Bob Arum said that the senator was working his way to get a leave of absence from the Senate to prepare for another fight.

(Photo source: Instagram – @mannypacquiao)

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