Barely three weeks before the national elections in the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach says he thinks the Filipino boxer won't win in the upcoming political exercise. The Hall of Fame trainer says the Filipino voters do not want Pacquiao to engage in politics while he is doing well in boxing.
“I don’t feel he will win the congressional race because they don’t want him to be congressman because they (Filipino voters) feel like we do — they want him to remain a fighter,” said Roach as quoted by boxingscene. Roach thinks Pacquiao will continue to fight contrary to the reported statements attributed to the Filipino boxer that he is considering early retirement.
'I don’t see Manny Pacquiao retiring any time soon,” said Roach, a statement that runs counter with the Filipino boxer’s hint at retirement in the near future owing to pressure from his wife Jinkee and mother Dionisia.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is lining up a September or November ring return for Pacquiao possibly against the winner of the May 1 showdown between Floyd Mayweather or Shane Mosley
Arum earlier announced he is considering traveling to the Philippines in the days leading up to election week to help in whatever capacity he can and to give moral support for his favorite fighter.
Sportswriters and Journalists from major newspapers in the United States are also going to the Philippines to cover Pacquiao's second attempt at politics in his country. Pacquiao is seeking a congressional seat for the second time to represent his constituents in Sarangani province in southern Philippines.
(original article appeared @ Digital Journal )