DON'T expect Manny Pacquiao to decide on the next step his boxing career until the first week of June.
The eight-division world champion said that although he misses boxing, he is currently too preoccupied with the coming elections to think about the sport that has turned him into a global icon.
Pacquiao is running unopposed in his bid for a second straight term as representative of Sarangani province, but the 34-year-old boxing champion is helping out wife Jinkee in her bid for the vice governor's seat in Sarangani and brother Roel in the race for the congressional seat in the first district of South Cotabato.
“Hindi ko pa ulit na-fo-focus ang isip ko sa boxing, sa eleksyon muna ako. Darating din tayo dyan,” said Pacquiao. “Pero hindi naman nawawala kundisyon ko (kasi) araw-araw ako nagba-basketball."
The former pound-for-pound king revealed that he has never totally lost fire in boxing.
“By June na siguro, puwede nating pag-usapan ang boxing,” added Pacquiao, who suffered a stunning sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in his last fight.
hough he confirmed a ring return in September, Pacquiao said he is leaving everything up to his promoter, Bob Arum, the finer points of the fight.
Pacquiao also declined to name who among Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Timothy Bradley or Marquez he wants to face in his comeback fight.
“Basta ang sinisiguro ko sa inyo… ang next na kalaban ko boksingero,” Pacquiao said then burst into laughter.
The Pinoy boxing hero also denied reports that there is conflict within his camp and stressed that Arum and his business manager, Michael Koncz, are in good terms.
"Okay naman kami. Nagpapahinga muna lahat ngayon. Dati puro kami boxing ngayon bakasyon muna isip duon,” he concluded. “Pero nami-miss ko rin yung boxing, kaso ngayon busy talaga ako."