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Pacquiao set for boxing return, ready to file Senate leave says Arum

Manny Pacquiao last fought on April 10 (Philippine Time) against Tim Bradley. Pacquiao won on points. Isaac Brekker/AP (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--It seems like Manny Pacquiao is not leaving boxing yet after all.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told Boxing Scene's Ryan Burton on Tuesday (Philippine Time) that the former eight-division world champion is staging a comeback at the ring anytime soon.

"He is going to fight. I don't know what the date is," Arum said.

In fact, Arum also bared that Pacquiao, now a senator, might file a leave of absence as soon as the date of his comeback fight is announced.

"He is working with [Senate President Frank Drilon] for an appropriate date where he can leave the Philippines for two to three weeks to prepare for the fight," the boxing promoter continued.

Arum's statement could be a sign that Pacquiao is retracting from his previous statement that he will retire from the sport to have more time for his senatorial job.

A Top Rank-promoted fight card is scheduled for Oct. 16 (Philippine Time) in Las Vegas, which can be reserved for Pacquiao's return.

However, Arum also said that Adrian Broner is out as Pacquiao's potential next opponent.

Arum explained, "Al [Haymon] tried [to negotiate], but Broner was asking for crazy money that nobody can afford so he is out and Manny is looking for another opponent."

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