Pacquiao to ‘fight’ for Malacañang in ‘22

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File picture of Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum

File picture of Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum

World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will “fight” his ultimate political bout in 2022 when he guns for the presidency, boxing promoter Bob Arum said on Wednesday.

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Arum, CEO of Top Rank — a professional boxing promotion firm that is on top of Pacquiao’s upcoming bout with Floyd Mayweather–told the media that the Filipino eight-division champion has become a “symbol of hope to many Filipinos” after he managed to pull himself out of poverty and become one of the richest professional athletes in the world.

“Absolutely that will be the greatest if it ever happens, that’s why I really wanted to live long,” Arum, 83 said in jest. “He inspires many Filipinos and he is a big help.”

Pacquiao is representing the province of Sarangani in the House of Representatives while his wife, Jinkee, is the vice governor of the province. His first foray into politics was a failure after he lost to incumbent Darlene Antonino in the race for the congressional seat of the First District of General Santos City in 2007.

The 32-year-old “fighting congressman” would be ineligible to run for President in 2016 as the Philippine Constitution requires a candidate standing for the presidency to be at least 40 years old. Pacquiao would be 43 by the next presidential elections in 2022.

“I really wanted him to run and win the Philippine presidency in 2022,” Arum said.

“Manny is no stranger [to]politics. I know it will be very tough for Manny to run [for]President in 2016, but in 2022 or maybe later he will run for President of the Philippines.”
Arum said Pacquiao would in the meantime bid for a Senate seat in 2016.

“In 2016, he’s going to run for a seat in the Senate and he’s going to win,” he added.

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  1. eltee mulawin on

    >>> It is his (pacquiao0 own right as per Constitution and guaranteed in Election Code /Comelec. Every LEGITIMATE FILIPINO BORN AND RESIDING IN THE PHILIPPINES COULD BE A CANDIDATE FOR ANY POSITION IN THE GOVERNMENT.

    THE PROBLEM IN THE QUALIFICATION IN ELECTION CODE OR RULES, KAHIT MAY SAYAD ANG UTAK, KULANG-KULANG ANG PAG-IISIP BUKOD SA WALANG KARANASAN SA PAMAMAHALAAN AT WALA NAMAN NAGAWA KUNG NAGING OPISYAL MAN NOON AT NAGING POPULAR LAMANG DAHIL SA PANGALAN NG PAMILYA O NAGING INTRIGUER LAMANG AY PWEDE NA RIN KUMANDIDATO.

    AT PANAHON NA RIN NA BAGUHIN MUNA ANG “MINIMUM AGE” NA MAARING BUMOTO SA TUWING HALALAN. GAWIN MULI MINIMUM AY MULA SA 21 YEARS OLD UPANG ANG LAHAT NA BOBOTO AY MAS NAKAKAUNAWA KUNG ANO AT SINO AT BAKIT NIYA DAPAT IBOTO ANG ISANG KANDIDATO. HINDI DAHIL SA NAGING POPULAR SA MEDIA EXPOSE O DAHIL SA MARAMI SIYANG PINAGDADALDAL NA HINDI AT WALA NAMAN MAPATUNAYAN.

    NAGING MISTULANG SABUNGAN, BARBERO AT USAPIN KANTO-KANTO ANG PAMAHALAAN NATIN TULAD NITONG KAY ABNOY.

  2. Johnny Ramos on

    If Pacquiao wins over Mayweather next month he will be the most popular person in the world. His income in the next 2 years could should up to $500 million dollars. He can be great factor in political endorsement in next year election and he doesn’t loose any boxing match in the next 2 years any politcal position would be a walk in the park for him. The elite will always criticize him as always because he was poor and uneducated. Ganyan tayo kaya di tayo a asenso ayaw natin maging lider ang isang katulad ni Manny. I bet Mar and Pnoy does not want him to win because he will endorse Binay.

  3. Ronto Caniada on

    For sure the Philippine Islands will be in deep shits. Mr. Arum, before you make your endorsement for Mr. Pacquiao you should ask first your boy Mr. Pacquiao if he have the knowledge about the Philippine Constition.

  4. Manny without enough experience as an executive and educational attainment does not qualify him to become President. Having money and being good alone does not make a good president. So let’s not bring the idea of Manny to become a President. However, with his immense popularity and influence he can certainly help our country push the issue on Kalayaan Islands (Spratley). Being a fighter will certainly rally people to fight China. This is what I thought would be the greatest contribution of Manny as a “fighter”.

  5. No problem if Manny would run for the Presidency, because that’s his right as a citizen of the Philippines. Every Filipino has a right as long as they pass the requirements which requireD by the Commission on Election and it is protected by the Constitution. What I worry most is, what kind of people around Manny would be if he would win the Presidency.

  6. It is obvious that the old fart (bob Arum) is insulting the Filipinos but we have to admit that there is at least 80% that f***kyaw will make it to the presidency given the monkey-like habits of most bobotantes.There is however a big question one pinoy should ask himself: If f**kyaw is indeed a good person, why must he enter politics? Unless you are close to his circle of friends or relatives which is being barricaded and sanitized by powerful opportunists, you would not know the real f***kyaw. Try asking some people in the showbiz.

  7. AT HUWAG MAGPA UTO SA MGA MAIITIM NA MGA MAGNANAKAW NA MALIGNO….as we speak, by hook or by crook, The Binays are poise to ram themselves into Malacanang next year. The Poor Filipinos deserved better candidates other than these politicized Crooks Aquinos, Binays, Drilons, Trillaneses, and other Big Names acting like they are entitled to run the country’s managerial affairs…the country is being fed to the Dogs, and with that cue – that Big Dog Dragon is creeping upon RP’s islets and shoals – and all we could do is write useless and meaningless NOTE VERBALES. A visionary President should prioritize arming this nation with a credible Armed Forces capable of defending national stakes and interests…

  8. SA DIRECT NA TAGALOG: ‘WAG KAYO’NG MAG PA UTO SA MGA NANGANGARAP NA WALANG KAKAYAHAN NA MAMUNO SA KINURAKOT NA SISTEMA NA NAMAMAYANI SA KINAWAWANG BANSA NA ITO.

    At kapag pumapalpak na ang lahat sa kadahilanang may ibinoto kayo na katulad nang naka upo na Dilaw na Mongoloid jan, eh ngawa-ngawa lang kayo na sayang kesyo ang mga voto ninyo!!!!! MAG ISIP-ISIP KAYO!!!! WAG KAYO MAG SUMIPSIP, sa halagang iaabot sa inyong mga palad. WAG KAYO’NG MAGPA-TANGA, NG HINDI NGANGA-NGANGANGA SA HULI…

  9. Hahahahaha, whether this is only intended to make a publicity stunt, or a serious matter whispered to him in utter seriousness, – RP indeed has lowered its standards to bolster its global reputation for inept-ness, cult worship politics propelled by culture of money to be doled out to the masa’ng MANGMANG which is a willing victim.

    MP as a boxer is ONE THING. Manny ” Money” Pacquiao as cloned Traditional Politico molded by wealth and fame is A DIFFERENT THING. If you are a learned voter who has a genuine wishes for the best of this impoverished nation that has rich tradition of dirty rotten politics, kindly use your kokote, after all, the MP manifestations as a politico speaks for itself. CLEAR AS DAYLIGHT IN THE HEAT OF MIDDAY SUN.

  10. This is the problem of being too drunk of success. Right now some people are wishing that he loses in his Mayweather fight to teach him a lesson. He is too ambitious to lead a nation which he compares as a boxing bout. Even he has able advisers, the ultimate decision is his.

  11. With all the money he got, he can get into the best school he wants and toughest tutor to prepare him to his political ambition. Maybe God will use him to clean up the system. Sometimes simple minds solves the complicated problem. In the past God had used ordinary people to do His ministry to put to shame the self righteous. If God calls He sustain. Go for it Manny when you hear Him talk to you. He has a purpose. In your life.

  12. With all his money he can get to the best school with the toughest tutor to prepare him for his political ambition in the near future, that’s not impossible. If he’s determined to learn and has the brains to do it. Sometimes complicated things are solves by simple minds. Go for it, if God Wills it, it’s going to happen. God had used simple people before to put to shame the self righteous. If God calls He will sustain

    REPLY: Yes, what God wills happens. But it would also be nice if Pacquiao did not commit the sin of running for and occupying the position of congressman BUT NOT ATTENDING SESSIONS AND COMMITtEE MEETINGS, in other words NOT DOING THE JOB. Kasalanan for yan.

  13. Manny Pacquiao is aiming for the Presidency in 2022? Could this be the result of his brain damage?

    How about aiming first as Mayor of Cotobato City?

  14. Roldan Guerrero on

    ARUM must be making the biggest joke in Philippine political history. Pacquiao did not even finish his grade school studies ( a grade four elementary flunker) which gives him so much difficulty in doing his function as a lawmaker. Manny Pacquiao is an IDOL to every Filipinos but it is limited only in boxing. The Presidency is not a joke, look to what is happening now by having a stupid incumbent president. High profile politics require people with enough intellectual achievement. With the trend of modern life nowadays, Pacquiao could not even qualify for Baranggay Chairmanship. Manny Pacquiao meddling in politics is a disgrace to the Republic. Being a congressman or to higher positions is not as easy as smashing faces in the boxing arena. Manny Pacquiao should admit, despite being an unequalled boxing champion, that politics is not his world.

  15. Ronaldo Valdes on

    Please…. We have enough celebrities running our government thats why its too messy..

  16. Ronaldo Valdes on

    Bob why not run for the president of the United States… Let see what happens…LOL

  17. if bob arum supports manny pacquiao of his bid to phil presidency, i don’t see any reason for me not to support manny. he’s a good guy with a good heart, and most of all God-fearing. May the Phils will be great again under your leadership manny.