Ed Picson lays down groundwork for Abap election amid talk of possible Pacquiao involvement
Abap president Ricky Vargas is set to turn over the boxing association's leadership in an election he ordered to be held after the Rio Olympics. Jerome Ascano / Jaime Campos

THE Alliances of Boxing Association in the Philippines (Abap) is bent on holding its election at the soonest possible time.

Abap executive director Ed Picson has been ordered to return to Manila from Rio de Janeiro by president Ricky Vargas and arrange all necessary matters for the holding of the election.

Picson is with the two-man Philippine boxing team that failed to advance past the preliminaries of the Rio Olympics.

"That's the instruction, to hold elections ASAP. Kaya nagpa-rebook ako ng ticket to come home earlier," said Picson, who personally talked to Vargas after the last Filipino boxer standing, Rogen Ladon, lost by unanimous decision to Yurbejen Martinez of Colombia in the second round.

The day after the loss of Ladon, Vargas immediately declared he's giving way to a new leadership at Abap and an election should be forthcoming once the Rio Games is over.

Even while still in Rio, Picson already began doing the groundwork for the Abap polls.

"I've already talked to the Abap legal counsel to prepare all necessary documents needed in the election," said Picson.

The boxing official also said he's been hearing about the possible involvement of ring icon Manny Pacquiao in the federation.

"I heard his name was mentioned, but I don't know in what capacity," said Picson.

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