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Pacquiao given May 27 deadline to accept a spot in the Olympics

Manny Pacquiao has until May 27th to decide whether or not he'll accept AIBA’s wild card slot in the Olympics.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Manny Pacquiao, who has expressed interest in competing in the Olympics, has until May 27th to make his decision according to Executive Director Ed Picson of the Association of Boxing of Alliances of the Philippines. The date was chosen by Picson because it's the submission deadline or the Final Olympic Qualifier.

"I asked him to make a decision before May 27 because that's actually the deadline for the submission of entries for the qualifying event," said Picson, "because I don't know if he can still get a Tripartite pass because that gets decided on not just by AIBA but also the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees).

"I don't know if they've already met, those 3 groups. So if he doesn't get a Tripartite pass, then that means he would have to qualify in the qualification event on June 16."

If Pacquiao accepts the spot, he would have to move down to a 64 kilogram (140.8 pounds) weight limit where one of the wild card slots are currently open. In all reality, the weight probably wouldn't be much of an issue for Pacquaio who is already pretty small for a welterweight. There, Pacquiao would bypass two opening preliminary rounds, fight in a third, and then need to win three more bouts to grab Olympic gold.

But with Pacquiao being a newly elected senator for the Philippines, it's still unclear if he will accept the offer for a slot in the Olympic games. We shall see...

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