Pacquiao urged to focus as senator instead after loss to Horn
Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate on Sunday advised Senator Manny Pacquiao to concentrate on his position as lawmaker.
Zarate made the statement after Pacquiao’s loss to Jeff Horn in the so-called “Battle of Brisbane,” an upset loss that drew negative reactions on social media.
Pacquiao lost despite landing more jabs and punches against Horn during the bout.
“The Aussie boxer proved to be a worthy opponent that Sen. Manny had to go all-out throughout the match. Sen. Manny should now concentrate more on his work as a senator; now is the opportune time to pass on the torch to younger Filipino boxers,” Zarate said of his former colleague.
Before being elected senator, Pacquiao was Saranggani Representative and a perpetual absentee in the lower House.
Zarate said it’s time for younger boxers to fight in Pacquiao’s stead so that the latter could focus on his career as newly elected senator.
Besides being a senator and boxer, Pacquiao is also a Bible preacher and a basketball player.
Despite his loss, Pacquiao would continue to make his country proud, Zarate said.
“It is now time for the younger Filipino boxers to step up and make the Philippines proud. Down under, Sen. Manny may have lost the fight, but up here in his country, he is a winner still, especially if he champions and advocates the interest of the poor Filipinos for decent wages, genuine land reform, protection of the environment, among others,” Zarate said.
Senate President Koko Pimentel begged off from making a comment about the suggestion Pacquiao should focus instead on his Senate duties.
Pimentel said Pacquiao continues to be his “idol” and that any career decision is for Pacquiao to make.
“Huwag tayo makialam sa boxing career decisions ni Sen. Manny. Siya lang ang may alam sa katawan (Let’s not meddle in Sen. Manny’s boxing career decisions. He’s the only one who knows his body well), hence we let him decide. Sen. Manny Pacquiao, my PDP Laban (Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan) partymate and colleague in the Senate, is forever my hero and idol,” Pimentel said.
“When he was at the peak of his boxing career and global popularity, he allowed me to be his friend. And I will be his friend and admirer up to the day I say goodbye to this world,” he added. JE
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