Manny Pacquiao is mulling over a fight without any belt involved, in this fight Pacquiao would be going after the gold. To call Manny Pacquiao a “Jack of all trades” would be an understatement and he certainly doesn’t resemble the finishing words of that old adage, “a master of none.” It seems anything he touches, he masters!
Pacquiao has mastered too many trades and as of right now, two of them are clashing. Pacquiao is not only a good fighter, but a dang good politician and while he is getting ready for his fight with Timothy Bradley next week he is also getting ready for next month’s elections in the Philippines, where the fighter is running for the senate.
If that is not enough for the fighter, when he heard the Olympics in Rio have a proposal on the table to open up the boxing competition to pro-boxers, he started toying with the idea of trying out for a spot on that venue. If Pacquiao wins the senate race, he may have to put boxing on the back burner as his duties in that position are vast.
Currently a congressman in his native country, folks there talk about the senate being just the next stepping stone to becoming the president of the Philippines for the boxer. To sum it up, the man who may someday be president, but actively vying for a senate seat today as a congressman wanting to move up in politics, will take on Bradley for his third fight with this boxer and walk away with a $20 million pay day, reports The Guardian on April 1. Still he’s pondering a spot on the Olympic boxing team if pros are let it. Wow, that is one active guy!
One person that is certainly not rooting for Pacquiao hooking up with the Olympics if it does open up for professional boxers is fight promoter Bob Arum. “The idea you’ll allow professionals into the Olympics at this short notice is absolutely insane,” said Arum. ABC News reports that the head of the International Boxing Association has proposed allowing the pros into the Olympic boxing venue. So it’s on the table, but since the qualification tournaments are underway or done for most countries, this is really late in the game.
So what does Pacquiao have to say about the possibility of the Olympics if this does open up to the pros? “I’m not saying I’m going to fight or saying I’m not,” Pacquiao said. “I’m not closing the door. I’m thinking about it.” Meanwhile Floyd Mayweather has said “no” in as many ways as possible to a future rematch with Pacquiao. He is saying “no” to all proposed bouts as he is retired, which is discussed in the video above.