Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has hinted he'll retire from the ring in 2016 to pursue a full-time political career in the Philippines. The fighter and entertainer has told a Filipino radio station he plans to run for the Senate in his homeland - and that will mark the end of his incredible boxing career, during which the 35 year old has won world titles in eight different weight divisions.
He told DZMM, "There's a big possibility that I will run for Senator. The United Nationalist Alliance party asked me to join its slate and I am grateful they picked me."
Pacquiao has been involved in politics in the Philippines for many years and currently stands as a congressman for Sarangani province.
Meanwhile, he is in training for a November (14) fight against America's Chris Algieri in China.
Chris Brown and Drake patched up their differences to shoot a hilarious skit that aired during the ESPYS sports awards telecast in America on Wednesday night (16Jul14). The rapper, who was hosting the show from L.A. Live in Los Angeles, pretended to be at war with basketball star Blake Griffin over a title for their new movie, as they argued over who should take top billing.
The Los Angeles Clippers star promised to make Drake change his mind and call the film Blake & Drake and was spotted in scrubs in surgery ready to remove the rap star's appendix.
As the ESPYS host pretended to fall asleep under anaesthesia, Griffin promised all the nurses surrounding him free doughnuts in the kitchen and then revealed his true identity, as Drake said, "Oh my God, you're the surgeon?"
Griffin responded, "I'm not the surgeon, he is," pointing to Brown, who said, 'Yo, motherf**ker!"
The basketball star and the singer then stood over Drake as he went under.
Brown and Drake recently made amends after a nightclub brawl in 2012.
Brown and Griffin popped up again at the end of the skit as they pretended to take over hosting duties from Drake onstage, with the R&B star calling himself "America's sweetheart". Drake was seen bound and gagged backstage on a big screen behind them.
Drake showed off his comedy skills at the top of the show as he poked fun at Clippers boss Donald Sterling, American football star Johnny Manziel and basketball star Lance Stephenson.
He also performed a "new track" called Honorable Mention, which poked fun at all the athletes who came in second in the past year, and then teamed up with Brian McKnight for a tune called Side Pieces about sports stars' mistresses.
Another highlight came when he appeared in a skit as boxer Manny Pacquiao, attempting to record a new version of Frozen's Let It Go.
Actor Jeremy Piven's rock career took a major blow after his band performance a disastrous set at a private party for boxer Manny Pacquiao. The Entourage star spends his spare time playing drums in rock group Bad Decisions, but they faced their toughest crowds to date when they played to a mainly foreign audience at the Filipino sportsman's victory bash.
In an interview with Queen Latifah on her talk show on Thursday (17Apr14), Piven recalled, "We were asked to play Manny Pacquiao's victory party. And it was a great gig for us. No one told us the entire audience was flown in from the Philippines.
"And God bless them, but we would finish a song and it was like a Filipino oil painting. Just nothing. Just tumbleweeds and crickets. We played all the classic hits and they knew nothing."
Piven insists that the crowd was just eager to see their beloved sports hero: "Then Manny came out and sang (Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill) and they went bananas. It was the greatest moment of their lives. You have to know your audience - and the audience did not know us. It was a disaster. But I had a great time!"
A pair of blood-stained shorts boxer Manny Pacquiao wore during his victorious bout with Timothy Bradley last weekend (12Apr14) has sold at a charity auction for $40,000 (£25,000), reports TMZ.com. The funds raised will benefit victims of the super typhoon which swept the sportsman's native Philippines in January (14).
Filipino boxer and entertainer Manny Pacquiao's wife is pregnant with the couple's fifth child. The baby boy, who is due at the end of this month (Apr14), will be called Israel. Pacquaio is hoping the baby doesn't arrive early because he is currently training for a welterweight clash with Timothy Bradley. The fight takes place in Las Vegas next week (12Apr14).
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has thrown his support behind boxer and entertainer Manny Pacquiao's bid to become a political heavyweight in his native Philippines. The fighter and Clinton were both guests on U.S. TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night (02Apr14), and the ex-leader heaped praise on the boxing champ, who was promoting his upcoming bout with Timothy Bradley for the WBO Welterweight belt.
Clinton said, "He's already in the Philippine parliament and I hope he goes right on up the ladder. I think he's a great guy and I think he's a great role model for the country and he's very strong and honest."
Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines in 2010. He was re-elected last year (13) to the 16th Congress of the Philippines.
Boxer Manny Pacquiao had a very special visitor check out a training session in Los Angeles on Thursday (13Mar14) - folk rock legend Bob Dylan. The fighter was preparing for his upcoming rematch with welterweight champion Timothy Bradley at coach Freddie Roach's Wild Card Boxing Club when the Lay Lady Lay singer, a longtime boxing fan, phoned and asked if he could stop by with a friend.
Pacquiao's spokesman Fred Sternburg tells RollingStone.com, "I've never seen the place take an aura like this, and I've been going to that gym for nearly a decade. We were all awestruck.
"Manny sparred eight different rounds with two different fighters while Dylan was there. He stayed for an hour and sat on a bench that you'd use to lift weights. Before and after the sparring, Dylan posed for photographs with anyone that asked and signed autographs... He accommodated everybody and smiled the whole time. But, my God, it was Bob Dylan! It was like seeing one of the apostles."
Even Pacquiao got in on the action, tweeting a photo of himself with the singer/songwriter.
He wrote, "After BOB DYLAN watched me train today, Freddie Roach said, 'I think a hard rain's a-gonna fall on Timothy Bradley'," referring to one of the singer's classics.
Pacquiao will be hoping the visit from Dylan will bring him luck when he steps into the ring with Bradley in Las Vegas on 12 April (14).
R&B star Ashanti has landed a dream come true after boxer Manny Pacquiao invited her to sing the American National Anthem before his upcoming fight in Las Vegas. The Filipino star was looking for someone to belt out the pre-fight anthem for his 17 April (14) bout with Timothy Bradley when he found himself sitting next to Ashanti at a basketball game.
She says, "I'm such a huge fan of Manny Pacquiao! I have family in the boxing business.
"When I found out we were sitting next to each other courtside at the (New York) Knicks game, I said to my dad, 'We should take a picture!' I told Manny I was a big fan and was so excited when he asked me to sing the National Anthem at his upcoming fight and I can't wait. I actually love boxing! Manny's such a champion and I can't wait to cheer him on!"
Boxer and entertainer Manny Pacquiao's tax troubles have doubled - he owes over $18 million (GBP12 million) to America's Internal Revenue Service, according to new documents. The fighter, who is also a rising political star in his native Philippines, has a huge tax debt back home - and now IRS officials want him to pay unpaid taxes from 2006 to 2010.
TMZ.com have obtained tax documents that show Pacquiao owes the U.S. Government $18,313,669 (GBP12,209,112).
Officials in the Philippines are chasing the boxing champ for an estimated $50 million (GBP33 million) in unpaid taxes, and they have reportedly frozen his bank accounts and placed a lien on one of his properties in Manila.
Boxing champ Vitali Klitschko is set to deliver a hammer blow to his native Ukraine's politics by running for president in 2015. The heavyweight fighter has announced his political plans to World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman, and hopes to become the first known challenger of incumbent president Viktor Yanukovych, who took over as the Ukraine's fourth president in 2010.
Klitschko, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Kiev in 2005, leads the UDAR opposition party, which has become one of the Ukraine's most powerful political groups.
A statement from Yanukovych reads: "He (Klitschko) stressed what's much more important than one person being president, is to improve the lives of Ukrainians with a more efficient economy, modernization, more jobs and better opportunities for the future."
Klitschko, 42, is recovering from a hand injury and is due to fight Bermane Stiverne. He has not returned to the ring since he defeated Manuel Charr last September (12).
He's not the only current boxer with big political plans - Manny Pacquaio has set his sights on becoming president of the Philippines.
In a recent interview, the fighter nicknamed Pacman, who is already a beloved icon and congressman in his homeland, has hinted he is considering leading his nation when he retires from the ring.
Pacquiao was elected into the Philippine House of Representatives in a landslide victory in 2010.