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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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