Pacquiao pushes back start of gym work for Horn fight to attend to Senate business
Torn between his being a public servant and his profession as a prizefighter, Senator Manny Pacquiao, the World Boxing Organization welterweight champion, chose the former, at least on Tuesday. Jerome Ascano

MANNY Pacquiao would have started on Tuesday the gym phase of his preparation for the July 2 fight against Jeff Horn but pushed back the plan as Senate session resumed following a one-month recess.

Pacquiao is scheduled to defend his WBO welterweight belt against the Australian Olympian in Brisbane on July 2, but preparations can wait as the boxer-senator has more pressing matters to attend to.

“Session had just started at kilala mo naman si boss, basta puwede, ayaw niyang mag-absent,” Pacquiao's close-in security Choy Garcia said.

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“Besides, he’s been telling us there’s a lot to do vis-a-vis his duties and responsibilities sa Senado. We just arrived from Austrailia at maraming trabahong naiwan na kailangang balikan” Garcia said.

 “Siguro naisip ni boss, matagal pa naman ang laban at marami pang araw para mag-ensayo,” Garcia said. “First week pa lamang naman ng Mayo so may 10 weeks pa before the fight.”

“Then there, too, is the potential problems brought about by the recent earthquake that struck Sarangani province that need to be addressed. He’s still awaiting for the official report on the extent of its damage to his constituents,” Garcia added.

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One other reason that caused the delay in training, according to assistant trainer Roger 'Haplas' Fernandez, was the absence of his elder brother and fellow assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez, who has yet to arrive from Bicol where he is now based being a town councilor.

“Kailangan kasi mag-meeting pa kami para maplantsa ang training regimen, so, kapag nagsimula na, tuloy-tuloy,” the younger Fernandez explained.

“Yung roadwork aspect naman ng preparasyon tuloy at naputol lang nang nasa Australia kami. Pagdating na pagdating namin ni-resume pagtakbo sa Forbes Park the very next day,” he assured.

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