Manny takes aim at se­nate job

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

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.

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