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Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao will retire from boxing next year to focus on presidential run

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Filipino pugilist Manny Pacquiao has long balanced his boxing career alongside his political aspirations, but this may be the final year he does so.

Top Rank leader and longtime promoter Bob Arum told TMZ Sports that "Pac-Man" will likely hang up the gloves next year, once he achieves his goal of becoming a senator in his native Philippines.

If true, "The Fighting Congressman" -- who has not competed since his loss to Floyd Mayweather earlier this year and who is also currently dealing with multiple lawsuits for failing to disclose his shoulder injury before said bout -- has a couple of intriguing options for his final fight.

Trainer Freddie Roach wants a crack at unbeaten former super lightweight champion Danny Garcia, who's recently moved up to 147 and will be facing Robert Guerrero later this year. Rising star Terence Crawford's trainer put his charge out there as a potential opponent, an option made more intriguing by the lack of promoter hangups.

Finally, there's Amir Khan, Pacquiao's former training partner whose big mouth reportedly cost him a crack at Floyd Mayweather. Arum opened negotiations with Khan's team just last month and the fight would be intriguing from a stylistic perspective.

Pacquiao's professional record currently sits at 57(38)-6-2 with wins over Lehlo Ledwaba, Marco Antonio Barrera (x2), Erik Morales (x2), Juan Manuel Marquez (x2), Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, and Tim Bradley.

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