- Manny Pacquiao has only until May 27 to decide if he wants to qualify for the Olympics
- May 27 is the deadline for submission of entries for the Olympic-qualifier event
- Pacquiao was recently proclaimed as Senator-elect
If he is really serious about his bid to represent the Philippines in boxing during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has until May 27 to finally make up his mind says a noted boxing analyst.
Respected sports commentator Ronnie Nathanielsz noted in his report on Philboxing that May 27 is the deadline for submission of entries for the final International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) Open-Olympic qualifying boxing event which will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan in June.
“Should Manny decide to engage in one last hurrah for Olympic glory, he will compete in the 140-lb light welterweight category in which he has reigned in a stellar pro career.
However, Pacquiao will have to make up his mind though on or before May 27, the deadline for submission of entries for the final AIBA Open-Olympic qualifying boxing event in Baku, Azerbaijan next month.”
Pacquiao, who was recently proclaimed as Senator-elect, had earlier expressed his desire to compete in Rio but later said he would have to ask the public if he would join the Olympics and possibly miss his duties as a legislator.
The boxing icon is currently the Representative of the Lone District of Sarangani in the House of Representatives but has faced criticism for his poor attendance record in Congress. He had already announced his retirement following his latest bout with American boxer Timothy Bradley last April.
“Sa Olympics, pinagiisipan nating mabuti ‘yan. Gusto ko ngang tanungin ang sambayanan Pilipino kung papayag sila, kasi August ang Olympics e tapos mag-iistart na ang trabaho ko. [In the Olympics, I am thinking really hard about it. I actually want to ask the Filipino people if they would allow it because the Olympics will be in August and my job as Senator would have already started by then],” he told ABS-CBN News.
Currently, five of the country’s nine Olympic medals were won in the boxing competition with Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco bringing home the last Olympic medal for the Philippines in the 1996 Games held in Atlanta in the United States.