Los Angeles - Filipino star Manny Pacquiao says he remains
undecided about his future in boxing beyond this year, insisting he is not
looking past his upcoming world title bout with Jessie Vargas.
Pacquiao returns to the ring to face World Boxing
Organization welterweight champion Vargas on November 5, three months after
ending his four-month "retirement".
But the 37-year-old eight division world champion said he
has not thought about his plans after the Vargas fight as he continues to juggle
the demands of the sport and his duties as a newly elected member of the
"Right now my focus is on this fight. Then I go back
and do my job, then I could think about 2017," Pacquiao told reporters on
a conference call.
Asked if he expected to fight again, he added: "I don't
know yet. One fight at a time. I cannot say yes right now.
"Today, Jessie Vargas is the most important fight of my
Pacquiao's veteran promoter Bob Arum believes that the
Filipino icon will remain in demand if he produces a convincing win over
"If Manny comes in and dominates this fight and looks
like the old Manny, and wants to continue fighting, there will be certain
opponents that will be considered," he said.
"If he decides that it's too much juggling two careers,
then he shouldn't continue.
"If he is determined to continue and his performance
suffers because of his work in the Senate, I would have to look in the
direction of somebody else for an opponent."
Pacquiao meanwhile admitted that juggling his workload as a
pugilistic politician had proven demanding.
"I can say that working in the Senate is not easy,
especially, along with training," he said. "You need to manage your
time and that's what I did in training for this fight while I am working in the
"I don't have time really for any other activities --
all of my time is with working and training."
Pacquiao's long-time trainer Freddie Roach, who oversaw a
camp in the Philippines before the duo returned to Los Angeles last weekend,
said he had detected a more serious side to the boxer.
"I know it's been a very difficult camp with the Senate
and so forth," Roach said.
"Manny has always been a busy person but because of the
Senate he seems to be a lot more serious than anything else he has done. He is
in Senate sessions on some nights until 7:30 or 8:00 at night and when he is
done we go right to the gym."