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Pacquiao declines Rio slot, focuses on Senate »

Manny Pacquiao during the post-fight press conference of Pacquiao-Bradley 3 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao beat Timothy Bradley via unanimous decision. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao Friday said he would skip the Rio Olympics even if professionals were allowed to compete, knocking out the Philippines best chance of winning its first gold medal. The newly elected senator said he would focus on his legislative duties instead. “I have decided to prioritize my legislative duty as I owe it to the people who voted for me,” said Pacquiao. Offered an Olympic slot in the welterweight division by…

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Pacquiao rules out Rio Olympics stint, sets focus on Senate »

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 won’t be making any Olympic glory anytime soon as the eight-division world champion passed up on a chance to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Games. Ed Picson, Amateur Boxing Alliances of the Philippines president, said late Thursday night Pacquiao would not compete in the 2016 Summer Games and instead would focus on his new responsibility as a member of the Philippine Senate. “Last night, received word from Team Pacquiao…

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Abap will respect Pacman decision »

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)

WHATEVER the decision of Manny Pacquiao will be, the country’s governing body in boxing will respect it. That was the statement of Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) president Ricky Vargas as the eight-division boxing champion has yet to make a decision regarding his participation in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The Abap is counting on Pacquiao to finally nail country’s first ever Olympic gold medal. The Aiba (international boxing federation)…

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Bradley trainer believes Pacquiao will return to the ring »

Manny Pacquiao, left, shakes hands with trainer Teddy Atlas, right, during a news conference to promote an upcoming boxing match Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in New York. Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Timothy Bradley on April 9, 2016,  in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Teddy Atlas was standing on the same boxing ring at MGM Grand Garden Arena when Manny Pacquiao stood by his decision to retire after beating Timothy Bradley in their third fight last month. Atlas, Bradley's trainer, was also on the podium with Pacquiao when the Filipino boxing icon reiterated — although with a hint of reservation — he will hang up his gloves and put his family and political career as…

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ABAP to respect Pacquiao’s decision on Olympic stint »

BOWING OUT IN STYLE Manny Pacquiao celebrates after beating Timothy Bradley via unanimous decision at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. REM ZAMORA FOR CAFE PURO

Whether Manny Pacquiao opts to come out of early retirement and suit up for the Philippine men's national boxing team or not, the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) assured it won't stand in the way of whatever the Filipino ring icon's decision may be. Pacquiao, who retired following his lopsided win over Timothy Bradley last month, only has several days left to ponder over his decision as the…

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Pacquiao to decide Friday on Rio stint »

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)

WHILE waiting for the decision of Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao, the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) is intensifying its preparations for the coming Rio de Janeiro Olympics. As Pacquiao mulls over the slot offered to him by Abap for the Games set Aug. 5 to 21, the top-performing national sports association brought in seasoned United States-based trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. as consultant to the national pool of boxers honing…

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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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