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Philippine Senator Pacquiao to return to ring, says promoter

File photo taken on 9 April 2016 shows Manny Pacquiao (right) and Timothy Bradley Jr (left) facing off during their WBO international welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Image copyright AFP
Image caption During his career Manny Pacquiao won 58 fights, 38 of them knockouts

Filipino boxer and newly elected senator Manny Pacquiao is planning to return to the ring, according to his long-time promoter Bob Arum.

The 37-year-old, elected to the senate in May, had said in April he was retiring after beating Timothy Bradley.

Mr Arum said Mr Pacquiao was now eyeing a return around November, against an unnamed opponent.

But in a statement, Mr Pacquiao said no fight had been discussed and he would not be taking a break from politics.

"My priority is my legislative works," he said on Facebook.

"If I ever decide to fight again, rest assured, it will happen when Congress is on recess so there's no need for me to go on leave."

Mr Pacquiao, previously a congressman, said boxing was his "only means of livelihood" to support his family and people in need.

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Image caption Formerly a member of congress, Mr Pacquiao was elected to the senate in May

Mr Arum told reporters that Mr Pacquiao "likes to fight and he likes the attention".

He said the head of the senate had given the senator permission to train once the country's budget is settled in mid-October.

"He now has given us the go-ahead to shop for a venue and an opponent and see if we can do it on a particular date or dates," Mr Arum told the Guardian newspaper.

"We've been trying to work out a date that doesn't interfere with his senatorial responsibilities and his ability to train."

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