- Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao says he is uncertain if he will be joining the 2016 Olympics
- The 17th Congress is set to begin its session on June 30
- Pacquiao has been criticized for his many absences in the House of Representatives
Boxing champion and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao revealed that he is currently unsure if he could represent the Philippines in the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro this coming August, after officially being proclaimed as Senator-elect.
Pacquiao had earlier expressed the possibility of joining the boxing competition in Rio after sporting officials indicated the possibility of giving the go-signal for professional athletes to qualify. He also said he was personally invited by Wu Ching-Kuo, the president of the the governing body for amateur boxing; the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
Pacquiao’s boxing coach, Freddie Roach, previously said the boxer approached him for possible training for the Olympics.
“He asked me if I would train him if they let pros in the Olympics. I said of course I will,” Roach told ESPN.
The eight-division world champion had also recently announced his retirement after winning his bout against American boxer Timothy Bradley.
Pacquiao had also promised to focus on his political career after critics blasted his record of being the biggest absentee lawmaker in Congress.
He recently ranked seventh overall in the 2016 elections; garnering over 16 million or over 35 percent of all votes cast.
With the opening of the 17th Congress on June 30, Pacquiao says he is wary of the possible backlash of missing work as a neophyte Senator.
Thus, he says he wants to ask the public if they are in favor of him joining the Olympics.
“Tanungin natin kung papayagan nila akong sumabak para sa ating bansa. [Let’s ask if they will allow me to join for our country],” he told GMA News.
Pacquiao’s previous training for his boxing bouts had been the main reason for his absences in the House of Representatives.