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Could Pacquiao’s political aspirations bring his boxing career to a halt?

March 8, 2012

Recent article” Manny Pacquiao for president in the Philippines?” published in the Wall Street journal talked about super star boxer’s political aspirations and a possibility of him running for the presidency of Philippines in 2022. His political career and rising popularity and influence is a true Cinderella story. Manny Pacquiao got into politics to help his people and they responded by electing him a congressman in 2010.

Currently young congressman makes a living in the boxing ring, pretty good living. Pound for pound king of sweet science has been quoted contemplating retirement recently. Fans all over the world are holding their collective breath for a miracle match up between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated American star, Floyd Mayweather. Considering all that have transpired between these two in the past several years it would take a real miracle for them to finally get into the ring. For now, Pacquiao is scheduled to face another undefeated American fighter, Timothy Bradley. They are to meet in the squared circle on June 9th, 2012 at the Mecca of boxing, MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“Timothy Bradley has the hand speed. He has the foot speed. He has the game plan to be very competitive with Manny Pacquiao,” said Manny’s promoter Bob Arum at the Los Angeles press conference last month:” That’s why we made this fight, because fans are going to be tremendously entertained.”

Pacquiao’s trusted coach, and confidant, Freddie Roach shared the same sentiment about Bradley while making a sly dig at Floyd Mayweather.

“It’s nice to be fighting a fighter who is undefeated,” said Roach who recently turned 52:” And not worried about loosing that zero on his record that’s willing to challenge us. This is going to be a very good fight. Timothy is a very tough opponent. I have watched him fight many times. He is very aggressive and very strong and we are going to be at our best to beat him. We are going to train our asses off and get ready for this one.”

Rest assured Timothy Bradley will be ready for the biggest opportunity of his life and his boxing career. The question is if Manny Pacquiao, with one foot out of the door, could still focus on the task at hand.

“Please watch our upcoming fight on June 9th,” said Pacquiao who recently turned 33:”It’s going to be a good fight because Timothy Bradley is a strong fighter. He likes to fight toe to toe and he is undefeated. I think it’s going to be a lot of action in the ring, so what we are going to do is we are going to train hard. We are going to have at least ten weeks of training for this fight.

I hope it’s the same with Timothy Bradley that he will train hard so we can give a good fight in the end for all the people who are going to watch the fight on June 9th. Thank you to all of you for your support and to all boxing fans, and of course, above all, I thank god for everything.”

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@www.examiner.com by: Igor Frank

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