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    Manny Pacquiao denies comeback plans this year but not closing door on return to ring

    Jul 13, 2016
    A return to the ring won't happen soon for Manny Pacquiao as he vows to focus on his job as a senator.  Jerome Ascano

    MANNY Pacquiao has denied media reports he is planning to stage a comeback fight this year, reiterating his full commitment to his duties as Senator of the Philippines.

    In a statement on his official Facebook account, Pacquiao said reports of his comeback fight on October 29 or November 5 is not true.

    "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"

    [See Bob Arum says Manny Pacquiao wants to fight this year but reserved date at Mandalay Bay could be pushed two weeks]

    "I want to make it clear - my priority is my legislative works," Pacquiao said.

    Pacquiao, however, hinted not closing the door on a potential fight as he will make sure it will not be in conflict with his duties in the Senate.

    "My next fight has not yet been discussed. Should there be any, I'll make sure it will not interfere with my Senate duties," said Pacquiao.

    [See Bob Arum has Manny Pacquiao schedule drawn up: ‘The only issue is getting an arena for the fight’]

    Pacquiao said he owes to the Filipino people to attend each Senate sessions and do his job as a public servant.

    “When I ran for Senator last May 9 elections, I made a promise to be present in all sessions. I owe it to the people,” Pacquiao said.

    The Filipino boxing superstar said, if ever he decides to come out of retirement, his will set up training camp in the Philippines so he can also attend to his task in the Senate.

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    “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,” said Pacquiao.

    “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,” he added.

     

     

    Pacquiao said he owes to the Filipino people to attend each Senate sessions and do his job as a public servant.“When I ran for Senator last May 9 elections, I made a promise to be present in all sessions. I owe it to the people,” Pacquiao said.The Filipino boxing superstar said, if ever he decides to come out of retirement, his training camp will be done in the Philippines so that he can also attend to his task in the Senate.“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,” said Pacquiao.“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,Pacquiao said he owes to the Filipino people to attend each Senate sessions and do his job as a public servant.“When I ran for Senator last May 9 elections, I made a promise to be present in all sessions. I owe it to the people,” Pacquiao said.The Filipino boxing superstar said, if ever he decides to come out of retirement, his training camp will be done in the Philippines so that he can also attend to his task in the Senate.“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,” said Pacquiao.“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,” he added. is a vocation not a means to eke out a living,” he added.

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    A return to the ring won't happen soon for Manny Pacquiao as he vows to focus on his job as a senator.  Jerome Ascano
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