MANNY Pacquiao didn't want any major distractions in his next training camp, prompting him to reschedule his ring comeback to three weeks after its original November 10 date.
According to Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s personal adviser, the Filipino boxing star will have to personally file his candidacy for whatever political position he is eyeing in October, a move that will force him to miss a couple of days in his two-month buildup that will now be held exclusively at the Wild Card in Los Angeles.
A major distraction is the last thing Pacquiao needs in his training camp especially in the wake of his stunning split decision loss to Timothy Bradley last June in their World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout.
The 33-year-old future Hall of Famer is also a congressman from the lone district of Sarangani province.
In a report by ESPN, Koncz explains travelling back to the country from the US to file his candidacy will definitely disrupt Pacquiao’s training. The boxing hero has made it known that he is eyeing the governorship of Sarangani province in next year's polls.
"Manny has to be in the Philippines for the filing of his candidacy in October, and I don't want to interrupt his training, nor does Manny," said Koncz. “If he fights on November 10, it would interrupt his training because he would have to go back to the Philippines. You lose two days going there, and it's a long trip in the middle of camp. We don't want to have any excuses when he fights.
“I believe if he fought on November 10 but made a trip at that time to the Philippines, we'd lose a week of physical training. So we can't go on November 10, and we have told that to our promoter (Top Rank)."
In a talk with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum two weeks ago, Pacquiao agreed to have his entire training camp this time at the Wild Card gym of trainer Freddie Roach. In the last three years, his team usually spent the first part of the camp at the Shape Up gym in Baguio City, a three-week stay that is not bereft of distractions.
"Once he starts training, we're doing it all in America," Koncz added. "Once he gets here, he wants to stay here and be focused. The first time we trained in the Philippines for part of the time it was done for taxation reasons. So we started to do that, and Manny enjoyed it. But it's becoming a chore. He felt the training camp would be sufficient to do it all in L.A."
The short list of possible Pacquiao opponents – Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Miguel Cotto – remains the same, according to Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser.
"It's important to us, Manny and I, to move the date because we haven't had the greatest performances in the last two fights and he wants to stay completely focused on his training," said Koncz. "To do that, we've requested that our promoter move the fight to December 1. We're working very well with Bob on it. That was the alternative date we came up with."