BEVERLY HILLS – Manny Pacquiao is flexing his political muscle in the US.
Arrangements are being made for the boxing pride of the Philippines to be in Las Vegas, Nevada by mid-February, in the hope of boosting former Senator Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency.
Clinton, 68, is currently disputing the Democratic Party nomination with Senator Bernie Sanders ahead of the US presidential elections this November.
Top Rank Promotions chief Bob Arum is a huge supporter of Clinton, the former US First Lady and Secretary of State, and hopes to have Pacquiao in Las Vegas a few days before the scheduled February 20 Nevada caucuses.
“Hillary will be in Nevada caucuses on February 20, so he (Pacquiao) will be there a few days before and that’s when I’m arranging a meeting between the two,” Arum told Manila-based sportswriters shortly after the first stop of the four-day, two-city press tour for the Pacquiao-Tim Bradley world title fight on April 9 at the MGM Grand.
As early as last year, Clinton has already been telling Arum about the need to have the 37-year-old Pacquiao support her bid of making it to the White House.
Arum said he already told Pacquiao, a two-term congressman from the province of Sarangani who is seeking a seat in the Senate in the coming national polls, of Clinton's request.
“She said, ‘Bob, I don’t know If I’m gonna run for president, but if I do, you gotta get Manny Pacquiao to come over and help me,'” said Arum about Clinton’s personal favor.
Endorsing a US politician is nothing new to Pacquiao.
He supported the candidacy of Senate Majority Floor Leader Harry Reid during the 2010 US elections, and did the same for Nevada Attorney General prospect Ross Miller.
Judging from the way he has known Pacquiao in the last decade not only as a legendary boxer, but as someone with a very kind heart, Arum has no doubt about Top Rank’s prize boxer becoming a very good leader in the future.
“I know he has a great, great future in politics and he can do so much for the Philippine people and the Philippine nation,” said the Top Rank chief.