Manny Pacquiao Announces Bid For President Of The Philippines

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Manny Pacquiao has announced a bid for Presidency in the Philippines.

Speculation has run rampant about Pacquiao making a bid for President. Those talks heated up even more after “Pac-Man” suffered a unanimous decision loss to Yordenis Ugas in his last outing. Pacquiao didn’t commit to retirement but he did say it was possible.

During an assembly, Pacquiao revealed he will indeed run for President (via CNN).

“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.”

After his fight with Ugas, Pacquaio had told reporters that an announcement on a presidential run would be made soon.

“In the future, you might not see Manny Pacquiao fight in the ring again. I don’t know. In my heart, I want to continue to fight. But I also must consider my body. There are a lot of things in the Philippines that I can do to help people. I want to be an inspiration inside and outside the ring.

“God has a plan for me. I want to be a legend in boxing and a legend in politics. That is my legacy,” he told reporters. “I will make a final announcement next month,” he said when asked if he’ll run for president.

Pacquiao’s name reaches far beyond the sport of boxing. He earned himself a seat in the Philippine House of Representatives. He also became a senator.