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Sulaiman: Pacquiao Fighting in The Rio Olympics is Ridiculous

by Ronnie Nathanielsz
Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao’s announced readiness to fight in the Rio de Janiero Olympic Games some four months from now - if he was asked and that he would be proud to represent the Philippines - has been criticized by World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman.
Sulaiman who returned home to Mexico City after a long trip out of his hometown and was spending what he described as “quality time with my family” told Standard, “how can Manny Pacquiao say he wants to fight in the Olympics?”
He said “its ridiculous” even as he insinuated that AIBA president Dr. Wu Kuo Ching of Chinese-Taipei - who offered to allow Pacquiao to skip the qualification rounds and be seeded into the main draw - must have offered him some other concessions and hinted that he was sure the AIBA president was “paying him (Manny)  to say something like that.”


The AIBA is making a rule change where professional fighters would be allowed to compete in the Olympic games. They also ruled that the upcoming Olympic bouts will have no headgear involved.
Sulaiman commended unbeaten former pound for pound king and now retired Floyd Mayweather Jr for rejecting any attempt to get him to come out of retirement and fight in the Olympics, where he won a bronze medal at the Atlanta Games in 1996.
“Absolutely not” said Floyd when asked whether he was interested in fighting in Rio.
Pacquiao, who announced that his April 9 third fight with Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas would be his farewell fight, had said he would be willing to push back his planned retirement if only to represent the Philippines in the Olympic Games and hopefully end the country’s quest for an elusive gold medal.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Damn Wicked on 03-06-2016

[QUOTE=Jsmooth9876;16515602]Maybe the guy would like to represent his country and try to win a gold medal...and imagine if some young ameteur comes in and beats Manny Pacquaio, that's a lifetime story for him and possibly a launching pad to stardom…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 03-06-2016

[QUOTE=el***;16516078]Someone talk canelo into fighting in the olympics, then GGG enters and finally gets his fight. For the top top guys, I think this might be the first and only time they do this. Pac fights for Philippines, ok. If…

Comment by KillaMane26 on 03-06-2016

Dont get why they think Pros fighting in the AMS is a good idea. You might end up having seasoned power puncher fighting against some 18 year old.....The AMS are supposed to be for prospects.

Comment by noStylez on 03-06-2016

Would be a good thing, getting the pros in the Olympics we may actually see the fights we want.

Comment by Teetotaler on 03-06-2016

Pacquiao got the Freddie roach pose down in the pic

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