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article imageOp-Ed: Arum needs to submit excuse slip to senate for Pacquiao next bout

By Leo Reyes     Jun 26, 2016 in Sports
The majority of Filipino boxing fans want Manny Pacquiao to continue fighting because they know that boxing is his expertise and not politics, where he is struggling to become a seasoned politician.
But that is already moot and academic because the Filipino boxing star has just been elected as member of the Philippine senate, where he will serve for the next six years.
Still, a big clamor for his return after over a year in retirement is growing even after his election as a neophyte senator of the 24-member Philippine senate.
Fans are going crazy about the reported Pacquiao-Broner fight which is being discussed by Arum, who promotes Pacquaio and Al Haymon, who is Adrien Broner's adviser. Arum and Haymon have just settled their differences from their long-running boxing-related lawsuit.
Pacquiao is not even aware that he's calendared to fight in October but he is still under contract with Arum's Top Rank Promotions and certainly Arum has the option to arrange a fight for him at least until 2017 when Pacquiao's contract expires.
After his election to the senate, Pacquiao made a commitment to be always present when the senate is in session and promised his constituents that he will devote most of his time on his job as senator. It would be difficult for him to renege on his commitment because it was a campaign promise.
What Arum needs to do is for him to travel to the Philippines with a signed "Excuse Slip" and present it to the senate president for consideration.
Most if not all members of the new senate are Pacquiao's friends and political allies and for sure they would be happy to let Arum (with his excuse slip) speak before the honorable body in session to allow Pacquiao to train for his upcoming fight.
Arum is popular in the Philippines and he has also been introduced to many politicians during his frequent visit to the country as Pacquiao's promoter. He also figured in the "Thrilla in Manila" fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frasier in 1975 where he served as co-promoter.
Certainly, the Philippine senate will also be honored with the presence of Arum and most likely he will get the permission of the body even if it is not really necessary because Pacquiao can decide on his own without senate's concurrence.
But for his peace of mind while on training, the ideal situation would be to get the blessing of the senate for his leave of absence.
Now, it is Pacquiao's move to request the new senate president (to be named in a few days) to allow Arum to speak before the body and for him to ask Arum to come to Manila once the senate grants is request.
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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