Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao admits that he is fed up with politics and has repeatedly considered quitting his job as senator in the Philippines - a position he secured in the national elections in 2016.
"I feel dismayed, discouraged. I want to let go because I'm not used to politicking," Pacquiao told The Philippine Star earlier this week.
"I discovered that in politics, you wouldn't know what's real or not. People have many faces," he said, adding it was the first time he has gone on the record that he is frustrated with his political career.
He said he has so far only discussed his views with his wife Jinkee and some close friends. The 38-year-old says he is still thinking whether to seek re-election in 2022, and is asking God for guidance.
"What's important is someone who's true and sincere and truly feels for the poor. The rich know the country's problems but they can't really feel the plight of the poor. It's different if you really feel their problems," said Pacquiao, who experienced poverty when he was a struggling boxer in his hometown in General Santos.
But Freddie Roach, who has been Pacquiao's coach for 16 years, is hoping his fighter leaves boxing to focus on his political career.
In his last fight, Pacquiao suffered a big upset loss and lost his WBO world welterweight title to unbeaten Australian Jeff Horn in July in Australia.
A planned rematch in November was canceled due to conflicts with Pacquiao's political work schedule.
"I think it's a good time for him to retire right now," Roach said to Fighthype.com. "I kind of wish Manny Pacquiao would follow [Miguel] Cotto's lead and retire also. Being a professional boxer and a senator at the same time is very difficult. He still wants a couple of more fights. He's doing a good job as a senator right now, but not as a boxer."