Manny Pacquiao says it would be “an honour” to prolong his career to fight for the Philippines at the Olympics.
The president of amateur boxing’s governing body, Wu Ching-Kuo, is proposing a rule change that would allow professional fighters to compete at this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Games.
And Pacquiao, who takes on Timothy Bradley for a third time in April in what he insists will be his final paid contest, is ready to make the trip.
“It would be my honour to represent the country in the Olympics,” he told AFP. “If I would be asked to represent boxing, why not? I would do everything for my country.”
Pacquiao has won world titles at eight different weights since making his pro debut as a 16-year-old in 1995 but has not competed in the Olympics.
The Filipino’s long-time rival Floyd Mayweather has already ruled out reversing his retirement to go to Rio – 20 years after he won bronze at the Atlanta Games.
The International Boxing Association will vote in May on Wu’s plan, which has been criticised by the British Boxing Board of Control and some of the sport’s biggest names.