Manny takes aim at senate job
Manny Pacquiao intends running for a post in the Philippine senate despite a lacklustre stint as congressman.
The former eight-division champion announced in General Santos yesterday he would run as a candidate for the 24-seat upper chamber in May 2016.
“Yes, I’m going to run for senate... But as to which party, that’s still to be determined,” said the fighter. There were mixed reactions from fans.
Pacquiao, nicknamed Pac-Man, said president Benigno Aquino’s ruling Liberal Party had been courting him but he was also close to the leaders of rival parties.
Pacquiao, 36, used his sports fame to be elected as congressman of an impoverished district in the southern Philippines in 2010, despite his punishing training schedule and a foray as playing coach in the country’s competitive basketball league.
He has won eight “world” titles in different divisions but lost the richest fight in boxing history when American rival Floyd Mayweather beat him on points in Las Vegas in May.
Still hugely popular among sports fans, Pacquiao has been harshly criticised for his performance in the House of Representatives where he has been listed among the legislators with the most absences.