TVC E, SPORTS - Manny Pacquiao says it would be "an honour" to prolong his career to fight for the Philippines at the Rio Olympics.
Pacquiao has won world titles at eight different weights since making his pro debut as a 16-year-old in 1995 but has not competed in the Olympics.
His rival, Floyd Mayweather has already ruled out reversing his retirement to go to Rio - 20 years after he won bronze at the Atlanta Games.
The International Boxing Association will vote in May on whether to allow professional boxers fight at this summer Games....
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Eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao sparked a firestorm of criticism in the Philippines after describing gay couples as “worse than animals.”
Nearing the end of a glorious decades-long boxing career, the 37-year-old is reinventing himself as a conservative Bible-bearing politician ahead of the country’s May elections, when he is running for a senate seat.
“It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female,” Pacquiao told local broadcaster TV5 in an interview aired earlier this week.
“If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”
But following reactions after his statement, the boxer apologised via his Twitter account.
He said, “I’m sorry for everyone who got hurt due to my comparison of gay people (homosexuals) to animals,” he said. “It was my mistake. Please forgive me for those who I’ve hurt.
Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield believes Tyson Fury has ‘brought the light back in to boxing’.
Fury (25-0-KO18) was recently warned by the British Boxing Board of Control over media comments but Holyfield, who held the WBC, WBA and IBF world titles himself, says the Mancunian is helping the sport.
‘The Real Deal’ told Sky Sports News HQ, “I think it (Fury) makes the game of boxing exciting. It’s something different. We’ve never really had a white fighter talk a lot like that. He brings something to the table. He’s a good fighter. Nobody’s accustomed to seeing someone 6’9” but he’s got heart.
“He’s a fighter. Everything he says, he lets you know. He practices, works out, his time came and he made the best of it. I think with most of those guys and what they were doing, I think he brought the light back in to the game of boxing....