By Edward Chaykovsky
According to Eric Pineda, business manager of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino superstar is focusing on his senatorial duties rather than a rumored October comeback fight.
Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum has placed a hold on the Mandalay Bay, on October 15th, for a potential Pacquiao comeback fight. The opponents being mentioned to face him include Adrien Broner, Terence Crawford and Danny Garcia.
Pacquiao announced his retirement in April after winning his trilogy fight with Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand. One of the main reasons for the retirement was to focus on his political career.
Pacquiao won a senatorial seat in the Philippines in May and Pineda says his political duties are far too much for the boxer to work in a decent training camp for an October date.
“That’s what the promoter is trying to do convincing Manny [Pacquiao] to fight in October, but it won’t happen, not so fast,” Pineda told The Manila Times on Sunday during a phone interview. “There are a lot of things to do as a senator.”
“Manny will not return in October. That is very hard because he is a working senator now. It is a tougher job than being a congressman. But as what I’ve said who knows? Manny might have a change of heart. It is not going to happen now, I think. He is focusing on his work."