Pacquiao To Speak At Oxford

In a week that saw his signing to Premier Boxing Champions and a potential January showdown with Adrien Broner, Manny Pacquiao was also invited to speak to Oxford’s debating society, the Oxford Union.

Pacquiao will address the University’s debate society on November 5th, while negotiations are still on-going for his potential WBA welterweight title defense against Adrien Broner in January.

“If the fight is on Jan. 19, Sen. Manny will be right on schedule,” said a source to the Phil Star. “He’s staying in shape, playing basketball and running. Sen. Manny will be fine entering camp. After he speaks in Oxford, he’ll do the press tour then open camp. Training period will be a little over two months.”

The Oxford Union, established in 1823 has played host to such names as Winston Churchill, Robert Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Mother Teresa, Benazir Bhutto, Margaret Thatcher, Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, John McCain, Yasser Arafat and Albert Einstein, among fellow athletes as Diego Maradona, Boris Becker, and boxers George Foreman, David Haye, Vitali Klitschko and Chris Eubank.

Oxford Union President Stephen Horvath said Pacquiao’s presence will continue the “fine tradition” of the society hosting world leaders in various fields. “As the first and only eight-division world champion and the winner of 11 world titles, your legacy as a world champion professional boxer is unmatched,” said Horvath. “Your strategic brilliance and your remarkable speed make you a truly legendary fighter. We would be delighted to hear more about how you stood above the characteristic trash-talking of big fights to stay focused on winning. You have applied this determination and endurance to your political career as well, overcoming an initial setback in your first election to become a widely-popular and respected Senator.

“At a time where there is such international interest in the politics of the Philippines, our members would be intrigued to hear more about your views on President Duterte and the war on drugs. On top of your success in politics and boxing, it is impressive that you are so involved in basketball as a player, owner and coach. We would be truly honored to host you and learn from your immensely rich life.”

Initial Report: The Phil Star

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