Drilon, Pacquiao butt heads on proposed boxing commission

By Prince Golez, Manila Reporter

Monday, March 20, 2017

MANILA – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asked his colleague Sen. Manny Pacquiao to heed the Games and Amusement Board’s (GAB) advice not to create a separating boxing commission.

“I do hope that senator Pacquiao can lend an ear to the experts in sports development who have been in the forefront of protecting our professional athletes long before he became a boxing champ,” Drilon said on Sunday.

He hoped the boxer turned politician would not take it against him or the GAB if they oppose the proposal.

According to him, a creation of another commission is not needed since reforms can be implemented within the GAB, which handles various professional sports.

“No one has the monopoly of concern for our athletes. I care for our local boxers and other athletes the same way senator Pacquiao and the men and women of the GAB care for them,” Drilon said.

Pacquiao’s bill seeks to benefit professional, amateur and retired Filipino boxers.


His proposed commission aims to ensure the welfare of boxers in the country until they are able to retire./PN