Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – World Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao has just been promoted to one-star general and will not be able to fight Floyd Mayweather on May 2, 2015.
The Philippine Star reports that Pacquiao is set to receive a rank of Commodore from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). It is the equivalent of Brigadier General in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Pacquiao is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the AFP’s Reserve Force.
PCG commander Commodore George Ursabia announced on Tuesday that Pacquiao will officially be granted the rank of Commodore in line with his membership with the PCG Auxiliary (PCGA).
The PCGA assists in the enforcement of maritime laws and promotes maritime safety in the country. The auxiliary group is also in charge of maritime search, rescue missions and marine environment preservation.
Pacquiao’s first assignment as Commodore is to lead an elite squadron that will patrol the South China Sea in the next six months. The Philippines is involved in a territorial dispute with China over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea just off the Philippine coast.
Because of this new assignment, the Filipino boxer, who is also an elected congressman, will not be available to fight the American boxer in the scheduled May 2 bout.
We salute General Pacquiao for his service to the country.