Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum says he does not expect to see Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao in the ring again after being virtually assured of a seat in the Philippine senate after Monday’s elections.
Pacquiao is in seventh position in the senatorial race having so far got 15,498,509 votes.
In an interview with Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Arum said he was thrilled with the way Pacquiao’s political campaign was going.
“It is his biggest win,” said Arum. “It’s one thing to run for a seat in Congress, where you just have to win your district.”
“It’s another thing to win a national election,” he added. “We’re thrilled for Manny. This is something he has taken very seriously, and he has put a lot of effort into his campaign.”
Arum feels strongly that with Pacquiao’s victory in the senatorial race it likely spells the end of his boxing career.
“The job of a senator is so demanding. I don’t expect to see Manny in the ring ever again,” he said. “It remains to be seen. With Manny, anything is possible.”
In an interview with ESPN, Arum said in his opinion it is very unlikely that Pacquiao will ever make a comeback even if offered one against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“My mindset is that it’s over,” Arum told ESPN. “When it’s over, it’s over.
“People say fighters always change their minds, but this is a different situation,” he added. “If a guy like Sugar Ray Leonard retires, and two months later decides to come back because he’s bored, he can do that.
“Manny can’t do that because he has plenty to do and an important job. Not only does he have an extraordinarily time-consuming job, Manny has to take the time to learn how to do it, and how to work day-to-day with 23 other members of the senate.”
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— ?THE FIGHT GURU? (@TheFightGuru) April 28, 2016