Manny Pacquiao Talks Political Aspriations, Says Congress Is "Not Really Hard Work"

Manny Pacquiao could potentially retire from boxing in 2013 if he moves up in the political world. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Manny Pacquiao spoke about his potential 2013 retirement from boxing, which is something that could happen if he's elected as a governor in the Philippines:

"It’s a good thing right now because in Congress it’s not really hard work," Pacquiao said during a press conference in lower Manhattan to hype his Nov. 12 fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas. "If you are an executive, like a governor, it’s going to be hard to continue my boxing career because it’s seven days a week and 24 hours a day. It’s going to be a lot of work in the office. Maybe by 2013 I’m running for Governor and it’s going to be hard for me to continue my boxing career."

I bet his constituents are glad to hear that congress is not hard work for him, more something you can blow off and kind of sleepwalk through and keep boxing. I mean big deal. Congress.

Am I the only one who figures Manny Pacquiao isn't really much of a politician? Now I don't know a lot about Filipino politics, but I do know that I've seen a good, solid handful of people criticize him as a politician, and I think it's a legitimate thought that he might not climb all that high in that world.

As for a retirement from boxing, sure, it'll happen if he were to win higher office, but that's all a big maybe at this point. Money concerns have Freddie Roach guessing that Pacquiao will fight on a good while longer, but a 2013 retirement could mean four more fights after his November 12 bout with Juan Manuel Marquez, too, and he turns 35 in December 2013, and he won't be what he is now forever.

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