Boxer-turned-politician braces for one last fight after mom consents

2010-05-12 09:56

World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is ready for one last

professional fight after securing a seat in the Philippine congress by a

landslide, local media reported today.

As he awaited formal confirmation of his election victory in the

southern province of Sarangani, Pacquiao was quoted as saying: “I asked my mom,

can I please fight one more time? She said ‘okay’.”

US promoter Bob Arum, who flew to Sarangani to watch Pacquiao

campaign for Monday’s election, told the Manila Standard newspaper he had

blocked out November 13 at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and the MGM Grand in Las

Vegas.

Arum, the flamboyant Top Rank boss, said: “The cable television

companies and satellite providers have put the date aside for us, so the table

is set.”

The boxing world is eagerly awaiting an epic first match between

Pacquiao, 31, and former champion Floyd Mayweather, 33, but Arum said other

fighters could be lined up to fight his protégé if the dream bout cannot

happen.

Pacquiao defeated Ghana’s Joshua Clottey to retain his World Boxing

Organization (WBO) welterweight belt in the US in March, and has now won 12

consecutive fights, eight by knockout.

Last year, Pacquiao was listed by Forbes magazine as the world’s

sixth highest paid athlete, earning $40 million dollars in the 12 months to June

2009.

He was among dozens of celebrities who ran for positions, ranging

from president to town councillor, in national elections across the boxing-mad

Philippines, one of Asia’s most boisterous democracies.

Pacquiao, who was born dirt-poor until he discovered his golden

gloves, says he wants to give back to society by going into public

service.

His mother Dionisia, who is in her 60s, has asked him to stop

fighting but he and Mayweather are under pressure to settle the issue of who is

the greatest welterweight of their generation – not to mention win the prize

money.

Negotiations for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight fell through earlier

this year when the American insisted on Olympic-style random drug testing, which

the Filipino rejected as too intrusive before a bout.



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