TOP Rank promoter Bob Arum has known Manny Pacquiao for so long he believes the boxing icon is set to step down from the ring for good by 2016.
The 83-year-old Arum sees the greatest Filipino boxer of all-time still fighting by next year, but could finally call it quits once he is elected to a higher office in the Philippines.
“He’s gonna fight again next year, but his goal is to become a senator in the Philippines, which he will be next year, and then to be president,” said Arum in an interview by TMZ.
Pacquiao is the currently represents Sarangani in Congress, and though he has yet to publicly admit that he’s eyeing a seat in the Senate by next year’s national elections, several within his inner circles are aware of his plans to run for a higher office.
Vice-President Jejomar Binay reportedly has Pacquiao in his senatorial line up for the 2016 polls when he seeks the presidency.
Pacquiao will be running for President too, as Arum said in earlier interviews but not until the year 2022. For now, it will be Senate first for the 36-year-old eight-time world division champion.
“I think Manny will retire once he’s elected to the senate of the Philippines which is next year….he’s gonna hang up his gloves,” added Arum.
Pacquiao lost a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his last ring appearance in May in a fight that went down as the biggest ever in boxing history.
The Filipino southpaw admitted after the bout that he hurt his right shoulder during the course of the fight, an injury that necessitated surgery later on and forced him to be out of the ring for the rest of the year.
But the Pacman said he will still fight next year and is willing to face the 38-year-old Mayweather in a rematch.