Manny Pacquiao has hinted his retirement from boxing to concentrate on his political career as the Filipino boxing icon announced his intentions to run for a higher seat in the Philippine Senate come election time in May.

According to the Inquirer, Pacquiao, who is recovering from a surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff suffered against Floyd Mayweather Jr earlier this year, declared he is ready to hang up his gloves, but confirmed he may have one last fight before the elections next year.

"I think I'm ready (to retire),” Pacquiao said in an interview on local ABS-CBN television network. “I may have one last fight before the elections.”

Pacquiao, as a representative of Sarangani, was present in Congress for only four times in 2014. The boxer-turned-politician admitted his training for his fights had kept him away from attending House sessions. He announced this week his bid for a senate seat in national elections in the Philippines, which will be held in May 2016, although the 37-year-old boxer has not confirmed yet what party he will run for.

"I will have to give up the other things that require my attention,” Pacquiao said, reports the ABC. “If you are a senator, your focus should only be your job and your family.”

Pacquiao has yet to pick an opponent for his comeback fight, which is expected to be in March or April. However, reports have suggested that the former eight-division titlist could book a bout against British boxer and former sparring partner Amir Khan.

Top Rank Promotions boss Bob Arum devised a five-man list of possible opponents for Pacquiao, which includes Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Terence Crawford, Kell Brook, and Juan Manuel Marquez. Argentine slugger Matthysse was tipped to be the frontrunner for the fight, but his loss against Viktor Postol last week, moved Khan at the top of the pecking order to battle Pacquiao.

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