Manny Pacquiao’s eye on senate as he prepares for farewell bout against old foe Timothy Bradley

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 January, 2016, 11:04am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 January, 2016, 11:04am

Manny Pacquiao said he is looking forward to swapping the boxing ring for the political arena on Tuesday as the countdown began towards his farewell fight with long-time American rival Timothy Bradley in April.

Pacquiao, whose last bout was the money-spinning ”Fight of the Century” with Floyd Mayweather last May, insisted he will hang up his gloves for good after the third and final instalment of his rivalry with Bradley.

I started out in boxing because I wanted to help my family, my mother. Now I'm ending my boxing career because I want to help my countrymen, the Filipino people
Manny Pacquiao

The 37-year-old eight-division world champion is planning to run for a seat in the Philippines senate later this year after already serving as a representative in the Asian country’s congress.

“I'm so happy to be hanging up my gloves after this fight,” Pacquiao told a press conference at the luxury Beverly Hills Hotel.

“I’m sure I will feel sad but that’s life. You can’t keep on fighting all the time. But it’s time I think.

“I started out in boxing because I wanted to help my family, my mother. Now I'm ending my boxing career because I want to help my countrymen, the Filipino people. I'm ending because I want to serve the people.”

Bradley’s WBO welterweight title will be on the line in the April 9 bout at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand in what is the third meeting of the two fighters.

Bradley, (33-1-1, 13 KOs), won a highly controversial split decision against Pacquiao in their first meeting in 2012.

Pacquiao then won their 2014 rematch in Las Vegas with a comfortable unanimous decision to end Bradley’s undefeated record.

The Filipino slugger (57-6-2, 38 KOs) said he is anticipating a sterner challenge from Bradley in their decisive bout.

“I chose Bradley again because he’s different from before,” Pacquiao said.

“He's improved a lot.”

Bradley, meanwhile, also warned fans to expect a different fight to the previous two bouts.

“I've heard that Manny Pacquiao chose me because he knows me,” Bradley said.

“I think it's different now. I honestly do. ”I think this will be a different fight than the first two altercations. That's all I can tell you. It's going to be a great fight – he wants it really badly and so do I.“