As the Filipino boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao, officially announced his bid to run for the Philippine senatorial race this 2016, some are wondering if Pac-Man will rest his gloves and retire from boxing. Previous statements from the boxing politician reveals that he will juggle both his endeavors if he wins in the senatorial race.
Manny Pacquiao has recently revealed his determination to run for the 2016 Philippine senatorial elections. ?Yes, I?m going to run for (a) Senate post this coming 2016 election,? Pacquiao said per Yahoo News. Pacquiao angered many Filipinos for his interest in pursuing politics as they believe he will neglect his duties again as referenced by his attendance rating where he bagged the top absentee mark in 2014.
Pacquiao's performance as a congressman is not even decent, and yet he has the gall to run for senator?!?
— ALT Bakla ???? (@jonasbagas) October 5, 2015
Manny Pacquiao to run for senator, despite being among top absentees in the lower House.
— Jojo Pasion Malig (@JojoMalig) October 5, 2015
Pacquiao running for Senator? Yea, he's a great boxer and he had done a lot for the country, but senatorial rank is definitely not for him.
— Christley Uy (@christleyuy) October 5, 2015
Not Retiring From The Sport
Manny Pacquiao currently has a record of 57 wins, 6 losses, and 2 draws. After Pacquiao lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May 2015, many have said that either a rematch or a retirement is due for the Filipino boxer. However, Pacquiao begs otherwise.
?I thought maybe Manny would fight one or two more times, and when I said that, Manny corrected me,? Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN. ?He said he wants to keep fighting.?
Pacquiao also seems to have fully thought out his plans for the senatorial elections way before. Arum said Pacquiao plans to fight in late February or March not because he wants his shoulder injury to recover. He picked the specific time frame so the fight won?t obstruct his senatorial elections plans, Arum told ESPN.
?He?s not going to run for re-election to congress. Instead, he?s running for senate, and in the Philippines, the senate is a national election. So he wants to fight and then concentrate on the campaign. It?s very important to him. I?ve spoken to Manny a couple of times [recently], and he is more interested in taking politics than boxing.?