Manny Pacquiao Confirms Bid To Become Senator In 2016

October 6, 2015

-OpeningRound Staff

In a step closer to becoming President of The Philippines once his boxing career is over for good, Manny Pacquiao announced his plans to run for Senate in the Philippines.

“Yes, I’m going to run for (a) Senate post this coming 2016 election. But as to which party, that’s still to be determined,” Pacquiao said to Philippine news source ABS-CBN News.

He will run as a candidate for the 24-seat upper chamber in May 2016, which is interesting considering his big comeback fight is planned for either February or April 2016.

Although Pacquiao has not chosen a political party to run for, The President of The Philippine’s Liberal Party has been allegedly showing interest in him. Pacquiao is currently a congressman for an impoverished district in the southern Philippines.

Pacquiao has god-like popularity in the Philippines as he is a legendary fighter, basketball player/coach, philanthropist, pop singer, movie star, etc… However, he has been harshly criticized for his largely lackluster performance as a congressman, where he has some of the most absences in the House of Representatives.

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Furthermore, the reaction to Pacquiao running for Senate was largely negative on Twitter.

“Pacman, you’re my idol. But in the boxing ring. Not in Congress. Sorry,” one fan posted.

“Pacquiao, you can’t even go to sessions in Congress. Now you want to go to Senate? What are you going to do there?” said another.

It will definitely be more of an uphill climb for Manny Pacquiao to be elected a senator than it was when he was elected a congressman. As a congressman, Pacquiao was elected by the voters of his local district. In the Philippines, however, unlike America, senators are elected nationally.

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