Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippines president

Manny Pacquiao Boxing star to run for Philippines president
Manny Pacquiao is the only boxer to win world titles in eight different weight divisions. Source: Reuters
2 Min Read

Daily US Times: Philippine boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao says he is to run for president in next year’s election.

Mr Pacquiao was nominated as a candidate by a faction of the ruling party, PDP-Laban.

On top of a glittering career as a fighter, the 42-year-old boxer is a senator in the Philippines’ parliament.

Incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte is barred from running for another term but has been picked by a rival party faction to run for vice-president, a move critics say is an attempt to cling to power.

He was selected to run alongside Christopher “Bong” Go, a close ally, but Mr Go says he doesn’t want to succeed Mr Duterte.

While his party says it wants Mr Go to reconsider his decision, his rejection of the nomination has led to suggestions that Duterte’s daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio could join him on the ticket.

Mr Pacquiao won world titles as a boxer in an unprecedented eight different weight divisions. He lost his most recent match against a Cuban opponent and said he was considering retiring.

He said while accepting the nomination: “I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring.”

Manny Pacquiao has pledged to campaign against corruption and poverty.

He is a popular person in his home country but faces an uphill battle, trailing in opinion polls consistently topped by Sara Duterte-Carpio.

You may read: Biden pitching partnership after tough stretch with allies