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    Talk on politics, family as former rivals Pacquiao, Morales meet again

    Jul 3, 2019
    PHOTO: Wendell Alinea

    THE senator met the congressman.

    Manny Pacquiao and Erik Morales talked about boxing, politics, and did a small interview on the side as the former ring rivals met at the posh mansion of the Filipino senator in Los Angeles on Wednesday (Manila time).

    Morales, now a congressman in the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Congress of the Union or the bicameral legislature of Mexico, came over for a scheduled interview by Fox Sports for which he currently works for.

    While the two initially discussed Pacquiao’s upcoming world title fight against Keith Thurman, the talk eventually shifted to the good old times, especially about the boxing rivalry that led to a memorable trilogy.

    Pacquiao said the third fight was what he vividly remembers the most as he demolished Morales in just three rounds to win by knockout.

    The 40-year-old later said he was happy to see Morales again, more so now that the Mexican is also in public service.

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    Morales, who obviously gained weight since retiring from the ring in 2014, asked Pacquiao how he manages to divide his time with boxing, public service, and with his family. The Filipino replied, ‘just time management and self-discipline.’

    The 42-year-old Mexican known as ‘El Terrible’ during his fighting days, also asked about Pacquiao’s son Jimuel trying to follow in his footsteps by also starting a career in boxing.

    “Like every day he watches my fight in his room,” said the Filipino boxing icon.

    Morales told Pacquiao he understands his move of supporting Jimuel’s decision to chase his boxing dream.

    After having their photos taken together, Morales asked Pacquiao for a short video greeting to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

    The ‘Pacman’ willingly obliged.

    “Hello Mr. President Andres Manuel. How are you? This is Senator Manny Pacquiao. I hope I can visit you in your country, visit you there, and seek out a good relationship between the two of us. Thank you and God bless,” he said.

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    PHOTO: Wendell Alinea
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