By NICK GIONGCO
Manila, Philippines – On a glittery Monday night when he stood side by side with fellow boxing heroes, Manny Pacquiao’s star shone the brightest.
Appearing as guest speaker during the 13th Elorde Boxing Awards and Banquet of Champions, Pacquiao took the spotlight as if he hadn’t been the recipient of a brutal beatdown than three months ago.
Pacquiao looked jolly when he faced well-wishers and sounded upbeat during interviews but couldn’t exactly provide concrete details about his next fight which he says will be in September.
Would it be against Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez? Tim Bradley, perhaps? Or the winner of this weekend’s clash between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado?
Pacquiao said: “We haven’t discussed anything yet.”
But the 34-year-old fighting congressman from Sarangani admits that there are times that he is starting to miss running in the morning and training in the afternoon.
Still, Pacquiao is so immersed in politics that he easily forgets about the longing to be in the ring.
“We’ll talk about boxing after the (May) elections,” said Pacquiao, who is expected to get a second term and whose wife Jinkee is running for Sarangani vice-governor.
Pacquiao is also lending a hand to his brother Rogelio’s bid for a congressional seat in the first district of South Cotabato and he feels that he is making headway in efforts to persuade voters.