Brace yourselves: Senator Manny Pacquiao set for return to boxing


Former boxing champion and newly elected senator in the Philippines, Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, has expressed his desire to come out of retirement, but has no plans for a fight this year.

Pacquiao, 37, on Wednesday night said that he is focused on his political career but that his love for boxing had not diminished.

“When you put your passion and your dedication in one sport, you cannot say you’re leaving that sport if your passion is there,” Pacquiao told AFP.

“Boxing is always my passion and I grew up (as a boxer). The Lord helped me (make) a name in boxing history.”

Pacquiao added he was still physically fit to return to the ring.

“I am still strong. I am still young,” he said.

Pacquiao retired after winning a unanimous decision in April against American Timothy Bradley.

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