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Pacquiao has until May 27 to decide on Olympics bid »

With the Philippine National flag in background, Filipino boxing great and now Senator Manny Pacquiao stands while a citation is being read to him during ceremony at the Commission on Elections Thursday, May 19, 2016 in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao has won a seat in the Philippine Senate based on an unofficial count bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency. Pacquiao said he will retire from boxing to become a full-time politician. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Manny Pacquiao has less than a week to make up his mind if he wants to join the Philippine contingent for the 2016 Rio Olympics. May 27 is the deadline for the submission of entries to the final International Boxing Association Open-Olympic qualifying in Azerbaijan the following month. Ed Picson, executive director of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines, hopes Pacquiao decides to don the tricolors, giving the country a…

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Pacquiao leaves decision on competing in Rio Olympics to people »

Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao stands as a citation is read while being proclaimed the Seventh Senator in ceremony at the Commission on Elections Thursday, May 19, 2016 in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao has won a seat in the Philippine Senate based on an unofficial count bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency. Pacquiao said he will retire from boxing to become a full-time politician. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

IT IS up to the people to decide if newly elected Senator Manny Pacquiao should participate in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Pacquiao said on Thursday that he does not want to draw flak if he decides by himself to join the Olympics and incur absences in the Senate this August. As Sarangani representative, Pacquiao earned the distinction of racking up the biggest number of absences in the House of Representatives. In…

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Pacquiao ‘will win’ Olympic gold, says POC president »

A happy Manny Pacquiao shows up during the post fight press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao beats Bradley via unanimous decision in his "last fight."     PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA

Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. expressed no doubt that Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao can bring home the elusive gold medal from the Olympics. The eight-division world boxing champion has shown interest in donning the national colors in the coming Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, which have opened the doors to professional boxers like him. "I believe he (Pacquiao) will win the gold medal," said Cojuangco. "I know he can…

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‘Madness!’ Legendary Arum rips into Olympic pros plan »

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows boxing promoter Bob Arum gesturing while speaking at a press conference for boxers Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri in Los Angeles, California.
Arum has slammed as "total madness" a proposal to allow professional boxers to fight against amateurs in the Rio Olympics. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

Legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum has slammed as "total madness" a proposal to allow professional boxers to fight against amateurs in the Rio Olympics. The 84-year-old American, who has arranged fights for ring greats from Muhammad Ali to Manny Pacquiao in a career spanning more than 50 years, believes boxers could be seriously hurt if the plan by the sport's governing body, the International Boxing Association (AIBA), goes ahead. "To have guys…

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To Manny Pacquiao: Is it go or no-go? »

Manny Pacquiao. FILE PHOTO

THIS is an urgent appeal to incoming senator Manny Pacquiao to make known his final decision whether to box or not to box in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. We are not supposed to rush him up. Pacquiao, in the first place, has never threatened to participate in the Olympics; even as the International Boxing Association (Aiba) has reserved a wild-card slot for him in the Rio Games next August. The…

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Khan still hopeful for a Pacquiao fight: ‘Definitely a possibility’ »

Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. File photos.

Despite a devastating knockout loss to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Amir Khan is still egging for a bigger fight against an even larger name. His next potential opponent? Manny Pacquiao. As per BoxingScene.com, Khan is hoping for a possibility of a bout against Pacquiao who he previously worked with when the two were training under Freddie Roach at Wild Card Gym. Khan and Pacquiao sparred with each other when the Filipino prepared for his…

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Roach believes Pacquiao can take on Canelo »

Canelo Alvarez, left, watches after knocking down Amir Khan during their WBC middleweight title fight Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Las Vegas. AP

TRAINER Freddie Roach was at ringside when Mexican Canelo Alvarez knocked out Briton Amir Khan with one punch in the sixth round Saturday night in Las Vegas. Although the seven-time Trainer of the Year was impressed with Alvarez’s form, he still believes that Manny Pacquiao has the tools and the skills to beat boxing’s new poster boy. Roach in fact didn’t say no when Top Rank chief Bob Arum, who also promotes…

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