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Speaking to The Associated Pressthe fight promoter Bob Arum, who works with Pacquiao, said the comments were a campaign tactic meant to fire up his conservative supporters and win votes.
Latest News Sports News. Boxing has remained an important source of income and prestige for Pacquiao as his political career has advanced, although he recently said that he would retire from the sport this year. I love you all with the love of the Lord.
The Nike endorsement, whose terms were not disclosed, was Pacquiao's most prominent sponsorship deal.