IT’S not enough for Manny Pacquiao to just be the only person in boxing to win world titles in eight divisions.
When he climbs the ring on November 5 to challenge Jessie Vargas for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown, the 37-year-old Filipino is again gunning for a historic feat.
“I want to be the first senator to become world champion,” he told members of the press when he held his media workout at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles for his 12-round bout with Vargas.
“For me, that would be quite an accomplishment.”
Pacquiao announced his retirement from boxing in April following his 12-round unanimous decision win over Tim Bradley, which came on the heels of his decision to seek a Senate seat during the last national elections.
But his absence from the sport he loves most proved to be a brief one.
Shortly after being elected, Pacquiao decided to return to the ring and return to his passion the last two decades.
“I came back because I felt lonely, not training with my friends,” he admitted. “I felt empty and I realized that I could still train and work, so that’s why I decided to fight again.”
The biggest break of his career knocking at the door, Vargas, 27, was more than willing to give the Pacman a title shot.
And Pacquiao is not about to let the opportunity simply go to waste, especially with history at stake.
“I am fighting for history,” he said. “Winning world title in eight divisions is not easy. I am so blessed to be part of boxing history by winning them. That is not me boasting. I am just happy to be a part of the history of boxing.”
Despite the many accomplishments in a colorful career that began in 1995 and led to a record of 58 wins and six losses, including 38 by knockouts, Pacquiao is still not about to slow down.
“I want to prove that I am still one of the best pound-for-pound fighters. I feel I still have a lot to prove. I am not done with boxing.
“I will continue to keep fighting as long as I love boxing, and boxing still loves me. I do not feel old. I feel like I am still 27.”