Manny Pacquiao hints he could be close to boxing retirement as he announces he will run to become PRESIDENT of the Philippines in 2022 after accepting nomination from his PDP-Laban Party
- Manny Pacquiao last entered the boxing ring in August, losing to Yordenis Ugas
- A month later the multi-talented great boxer has announced a presidential run
- Pacquiao has already served as a senator in the Philippines in his political career
- However, President Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, leads the polls
Manny Pacquiao has revealed he will run for president of the Philippines next year, less than a month after losing to Yordenis Ugas in the boxing ring.
The 42-year-old has been rallying against government corruption in his home nation and what he calls a cozy relationship between President Rodrigo Duterte and China.
Pacquiao accepted his political allies’ nomination during the national assembly of the PDP-Laban Party, days after a rival faction nominated Duterte’s long-time aide, Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, as its presidential candidate.
Manny Pacquiao has accepted the nomination of PDP-Laban Party to run for president
The former eight-division champion was beaten by Yordenis Ugas in his last fight in August
Duterte was nominated as vice president, a move that critics called a cynical ploy by the 76-year-old to retain power.
Go declined the nomination, but the rift between Pacquiao and Duterte’s factions has escalated.
‘I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring,’ Pacquiao, 42, a senator, said in a live-streamed speech during the assembly. ‘I am accepting your nomination as candidate for president of the Republic of the Philippines.’
Pacquiao’s faction has not expressed support for Duterte’s vice-presidential bid, and the Filipino constitution blocks him from running for a second six-year term.
President Duterte can’t run for another term, but his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio (right) will
Pacquiao has served as a senator and has gradually focused more on politics over boxing
One of the greatest boxers of all time and the only man to hold world titles in eight different divisions, Pacquiao gained an army of support across his 26-year professional career.
Despite the star’s popularity, he trails the front-runners in opinion polls that have been topped consistently by Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio.
In July, Pacquiao was voted out as PDP-Laban leader, weeks after challenging Duterte over his position on China and record on fighting corruption, but his exit was rejected by his faction.
Pacquiao, once a close ally of Duterte, had said more than 10 billion pesos (£145million) in pandemic aid intended for poor families was unaccounted for, adding this was just one discovery in his planned corruption investigation.
The great fighter has won world championship belts in eight different divisions in his career
His anti-corruption crusade comes as the Senate has opened an investigation into alleged overpricing of medical supplies and equipment purchased under the government’s pandemic response programme.
Duterte challenged Pacquiao to name corrupt government offices to prove that the boxer was not just politicking ahead of the election.
Pacquiao countered by warning of jail for corrupt government officials: ‘Your time is up!’