Updated: Nov 2, 2018 6:48 am
Eight-division world champion from the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) has accepted an invitation of Nick Brown, who is the Secretary of the Oxford Union to speak at the Oxford. He was invited on behalf of the prestigious debating society.
Manny Pacquiao is a military reservist with the rank of Colonel in the Reserve Force of the Philippines Army and he is also the seating senator of a province in the Philippines.
Pacquiao will be speaking at the Oxford Union on November. 5, which will be followed by the possible press tour of his next fight which is scheduled to take place in January on Showtime PPV against Adrian Broner in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Oxford debating society has a reputation of inviting high profile guest speakers who represent different fields.
Manny Pacquiao perfectly fits the bill of high profile speakers considering he is one of the greatest sporting icons of this era and has fought legendary fighters like Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, and many others.
“To be invited to these beacons of higher learning to speak to their students is indeed a tremendous honor,” said Pacquiao. “I treasure moments like these where I can share my story and my culture, as well as exchange ideas, with the next generation of leaders.”
Oxford Union society president Stephen Horvath said that Oxford is maintaining it’s fine tradition of 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.”
Manny Pacquiao is also an active politician and has close relations with current Filipino president Rodrigo Duerte and is seen by many as the next president of the Philippines.
Manny Pacquiao last fought in July, where is knocked out Lucas Matthysse to win the WBA world welterweight title.