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article imageOp-Ed: Manny Pacquiao needs to drum up support to promote next fight

By Leo Reyes     Apr 30, 2013 in Sports
Manny Pacquiao has not talked much about boxing since the start of the election campaign in the Philippines. But in about two weeks, elections will be over and Pacquiao will start talking to media about his ring return and his next opponent.
Pacquiao is running unopposed for reelection as the lone representative in congress of Sarangani province in southern Philippines.
While he does not have to campaign to get reelected, Pacquiao needs to help in the election campaign of his wife Jinkee, who is running for Vice-Governor of Sarangani and his political allies who are running for local as well as national electoral posts.
Pacquiao is reported to be gunning for a national elective post in the 2016 national elections in preparation for a possible entry in the 2022 presidential derby.
Politics and show business became part of Pacquiao's routine since his stunning loss to Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico last year.
Right after the May 13 elections, Pacquiao is expected to go on a series of world tours to drum up his upcoming fight which could take place in China.
Although he remains popular among boxing fans despite his long absence from the sport, he needs to connect with them again for support as he returns to the ring in November.
His fans and supporters would like to know his fight plans and how is he preparing for these fights. They would like to know also how he is coping with his controversial loss to Timothy Bradley and his devastating defeat against Marquez last year.
Aside from his impending retirement, fans are also talking about his long-overdue visit to the Lou Ruvo Brain Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada for an intensive medical examination following his knockout loss to Marquez last December 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In January, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said he will recommend a Las Vegas brain clinic where his wife is a ranking officer.
"When I talk to Manny, I'll recommend that he gets a thorough checkup at the Lou Ruvo Clinic's brain center," said Arum. The facility has already imaged the brains of a large number of professional boxers and mixed martial artists.
"They're the best in the world. My wife is on the board of directors, and I think that for those of us who realize that boxing is just a way-stop for Manny Pacquiao's life and career, that it pays to be over-cautious."
These are some of the concerns that fans hope Pacquiao will address in his reported planned press tour that would bring him to some parts of Asia, Europe and the United States.
Pacquiao needs to be on the spotlight again and in order to attract more endorsements and supporters, he has to engage media to drum up support for his next fight.
Pacquiao is reportedly facing either Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios, possibly in Macau or Singapore in November.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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