- Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao said it was loneliness and his extreme love for the sport that has drawn him back into the ring
- In stressing this, he vowed to serve the Filipino people by perfecting his work as an elected Senator
- No-less than Freddie Roach, his long-serving cornerman, revealed the fighter had made up his mind to scrap his retirement before he had even flown back to the Philippines from Las Vegas following the Bradley bout
Legendary Filipino boxing icon now Philippines Senator Manny Pacquiao said the moment he announced his retirement he knew that he had made a mistake; revealing that loneliness and love for the sport had drawn him back into the ring.
Pacquiao, who hung up his gloves after what was supposed to be a farewell victory over Timothy Bradley in April, ended his short-lived retirement in early August, an article published by GMA News Online dated September 9 disclosed.
The Filipino boxing superstar initially planned to focus on his political career as one of the country’s senators, but he changed his mind later on in bidding goodbye to his first career and is now targeting a slice of the world welterweight title when he faces World Boxing Organization champion Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas on November 5.
Vowing to serve the Filipino people through politics, Pacquiao said he decided to go back to boxing and at the same time continuously deliver public service, as well.
“I felt lonely. And thinking about it over and over, I thought ‘Boxing still likes me. Boxing still loves me.’ So why stop my boxing career? So that’s why I decided to continue my journey as a boxer,” he was quoted saying as he disclosed how he coped up after he announced his retirement earlier.
Meanwhile, Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s long-serving cornerman, revealed the fighter had made up his mind to scrap his retirement before he had even flown back to the Philippines from Las Vegas following the Bradley bout.
“Before he left for the airport after the last fight, he told me very clearly ‘We will fight again’,” Roach said while stressing that the only things that surprised him was the timing; adding that he thought that the comeback will take place sometime next year.
While insisting for his comeback in the boxing arena, Pacquiao vowed to stay committed to politics; maintaining that he has had a “perfect” attendance record in the Senate since the election.
With regards to his fitness regime, Pacquiao noted he will jog in the morning and then rest a bit and afterwards start work in the Senate. After attending the session, he added, he will go straight to the gym , which is only 500 meters away from the Senate, and then train.
As such, Roach said he had been impressed by Pacquiao’s conditioning after seeing him recently.
“He works out every day. He’s in pretty good shape. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever seen,” Roach said.