Last April 9th, eight-division world boxing champion turned Philippine senator, Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement from the sport. However, it is seemingly bound to be a short-lived one.
A bout against reigning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas was mentioned by his manager earlier in the month. Today, Sen. Pacquiao himself has confirmed this return date for November 5th.
“Yes, the fight is on. I have agreed to a November 5 fight with reigning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas,” Pacquiao said after meeting with promoter Bob Arum in Manila on Tuesday. “Boxing is my passion. I miss what I’d been doing inside the gym and atop the ring.”
“Boxing is my main source of income. I can’t rely on my salary as public official. I’m helping the family of my wife and my own family, as well. Many people also come to me to ask for help and I just couldn’t ignore them.”
Sen. Pacquiao has been heavily criticized in the past for his supposed lack of commitment in his public service duties. This time around, the 37-year-old former prizefighter promises to make the necessary adjustments to accommodate his schedule and duties as a legislator of his country.
“My entire training camp will be held here in the Philippines so I can attend to my legislative works. This is my campaign promise and I’m determined to keep it.”