Manny Pacquiao has insisted that his role as a politician isn't a distraction from his boxing career.

The Philippine fighter is a household name due to his ability in the ring, but he has also ventured into politics in recent years.

In November 2009, Pacquiao formed the Peoples' Champ Movement, a local political party with which he won a seat for the district of Mindanao in May 2010.

Losing his last two fights brought to an end an impressive seven-year unbeaten run, and it could be argued that his other work has acted as a distraction. 

But Pacquiao is confident that he has the capability to efficiently perform in both roles.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the boxer declared: "I have time for serving people as a politician and I have for boxing."

He is currently in China promoting his upcoming bout with Brandon Rios, which takes place in November.

"If I have a schedule like this, if I am in training, we set aside things that might distract us from our training. We focus on our training, we have to make sure we're in 100% condition for the fight," added the Pac-Man.

His performance against Rios could well be used to judge whether or not his political career is having a detrimental effect on his boxing.


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