Manny Pacquiao now dealing with dirty tricks outside of the ring

Nick Giongco 03/07/2016

Esther Lin

Manny Pacquiao is used to his rivals’ dirty tactics in the ring, but he never thought politics could also be as dirty as he regaled his listeners to tales of his last election campaign.

Although he did not go into details, the tactics would include vote-buying and black propaganda.

Pacquiao was elected to the Senate after two terms as a congressman and has been trying to learn the ropes of legislation which will be far more different than in the House where he earned the distinction of having the most absences.


Hosting some sports journalists in his Forbes Park home the other night, Pacquiao said he has not discussed any plan to return to the ring with his promoter, Bob Arum, who plans to fly in sometime soon to discuss Pacquiao’s future plans.

Arum has not stopped squeezing the last ounce from Pacquiao’s magic name and continues to lure the Filipino idol to fight in October hoping for another megabucks deal. Arum has, in fact, reserved Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on October 15 in case the Filipino idol decides to fight one more time.

Last April, Pacquiao soundly defeated Tim Bradley in their 12-round brawl at the MGM Grand, a match he said would be his last as he is dedicated to focus on his legislative duties.

Being considered as possible Pacquiao foe is Adrien Broner, a fighter being managed by Al Haymon, the influential figure who also handles Floyd Mayweather.

Also mentioned is another American, Terence Crawford, another Top Rank talent.

But Crawford seems to be a longshot as he has a fight scheduled for July 23 against one-time Pacquiao sparmate Viktor Postol of Ukraine.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks