The media frenzy around Manny Pacquiao’s move to Showtime hasn’t taken the Filipino champion’s attention away from politics. He plans to combine his upcoming media tour for the Shane Mosley fight with a meeting with President Barack Obama, and representatives of the U.S. Senate.
Washington, D.C. is the last of five major U.S. cities (Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York) Pacquiao will begin visiting with Shane Mosley on February 10.
While unsure if he’ll be able to have a face to face meeting with President Obama, Pacquiao is hopeful a phone call can at least be set up.
“A courtesy call with President Obama. We’re going to the U.S. Senate,” Pacquiao told ABS-CBN News. “We’re working on that.”
As a congressman in the Sarangani district of the Philippines, many speculated that Pacquiao might retire after defeating Antonio Margarito last November. Pcaquiao dispelled those rumors by verifying he would fight six more times over the next three years before leaving the sport.
Through his new Showtime deal, his fight with Mosley will receive additional exposure on affiliate network CBS through NCAA game spots, a four-part, prime-time countdown series, and morning/talk show appearances.
Pacquiao-Mosley will aire live on pay-per-view from Las Vegas on May 7.