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Pacquiao targets Philippine presidency

Pacquiao targets Philippine presidency

When boxing hero Manny Pacquiao finally calls an end to his historic career in the ring, he will have his eyes on a much bigger prize — president of the Philippines, according to ABS-CBN News.

The world champion, who will fight American Floyd Mayweather this weekend in boxing’s richest fight, has used the fame and wealth generated by his remarkable sporting feats to launch a successful political career.
The 36-year-old former street kid is now a second-term congressman, with publicly declared ambitions eventually to conquer one of Asia’s most chaotic and corrupt democracies.

Pacquiao confirmed his presidential ambitions to AFP in 2013, but has since been coy about his political plans. In 2010, Pacquiao won a congressional seat in the province of Saranggani in Mindanao, and by the 2022 national elections, Pacquiao will be 43 years old, above the 40-year-old age requirement to qualify as candidate for the presidency.

Updated : 2021-09-22 11:21 GMT+08:00