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Pacquiao nixes talk of politics

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 12:42:00 12/10/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao shunned talk of politics, saying he is focused on his sports career, ready to take on anyone who will challenge him.

“I don’t want to discuss politics right now. I’m focused on my boxing career,” Pacquiao told reporters in Malacañang Wednesday when he paid a courtesy call on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“It’s still a long way to go before the elections. Let’s think about how we can unite first, how we can progress and move the nation forward,” he said in Filipino.

Immediately after he beat Oscar de la Hoya via knockout in Las Vegas over the weekend, rumors spread that Pacquiao would seek a congressional seat in Quezon City.

Pacquiao failed in his first try at politics when he ran and lost to incumbent South Cotabato Representative Darlene Antonino-Custodio in the 2007 elections.

Pacquiao’s camp is reportedly eyeing British boxer Ricky Hatton, or American Floyd Mayweather as his next opponent.

“Whoever they want me to fight, whoever wants to fight me,” Pacquiao said, when asked who he would take on next.

Pacquiao said he would take a vacation for the Christmas holidays. He will celebrate his birthday in his hometown of General Santos City on December 17, before going back to the United States to join his wife, Jinkee, who is due to give birth to their fourth child later this month.

The boxing hero thanked the nation, and Arroyo, for their prayers.

“Like what I always say, this victory is not mine alone, it for every Filipino,” he said.

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