Pac­quiao re­turns to Manila and the real work of pol­i­tics

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

With an­other world ti­tle won, Filipino boxer Manny Pac­quiao touched down in Manila yes­ter­day keen to get back to the real work of pol­i­tics.

The 37-year-old se­na­tor claimed the WBO wel­ter­weight ti­tle with a unan­i­mous points vic­tory over Amer­i­can Jessie Var­gas in Las Vegas on Satur­day, his first bout since April.

“I went back af­ter the fight be­cause there is still work at the of­fice and I’m ex­cited to get back to work,” Pac­quiao, wear­ing a flower gar­land, told re­porters at the air­port along­side Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice chief Ron­ald Dela Rosa.

“So box­ing is done, set aside for now, and just fo­cus on work.”

The south­paw, win­ner of world ti­tles in eight dif­fer­ent weight di­vi­sions and the first sit­ting se­na­tor to win a world box­ing cham­pi­onship, has not ruled out fight­ing again.

The former con­gress­man, who has a 59-62 win-loss-draw record, said af­ter Satur­day’s bout that he would like a re­match with re­tired Amer­i­can Floyd May­weather Ju­nior who beat him last year.

Mean­while, New Zealan­der Joseph Parker will fight Mex­i­can-Amer­i­can Andy Ruiz in Auck­land next month for the World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WBO) heavy­weight ti­tle va­cated by Tyson Fury, Parker’s pro­moter said yes­ter­day. Af­ter weeks of ne­go­ti­a­tion, Parker’s Duco Events said the fighters will meet at the city’s Vec­tor Arena on De­cem­ber 10.

On the line is the WBO heavy­weight belt, one of the two ti­tles Fury va­cated last month in or­der to seek med­i­cal treat­ment af­ter ad­mit­ting he took co­caine to treat de­pres­sion.

Parker, 24, who has a 21-0 record with 18 knock­outs, is now the WBO’s top-ranked heavy­weight. Ruiz, 27, who is Mex­i­can-born but based in the United States, has a 29-0 record with 19 knock­outs.

Duco said it would be the first heavy­weight ti­tle ever con­tested in New Zealand. “This is a huge sport­ing event which I ex­pect to unite the coun­try,” chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Sned­den said.

The WBO ranks Ruiz as its num­ber three heavy­weight be­hind former cham­pion Wladimir Kl­itschko.

But the vet­eran Ukrainian is cur­rently in­jured and con­cen­trat­ing on lin­ing-up a big­money bout against Bri­tain’s IBF cham­pion An­thony Joshua early next year. Duco said that un­der the terms of the Auck­land fight, the win­ner of Parker-Ruiz would have to fight the Bri­tish former WBA cham­pion David Haye early next year. —Agen­cies

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