MANNY Pacquiao made his candidacy for a Senate seat official on Friday in what could be another tough battle ahead for the boxing champ.
The 36-year-old ring legend formally filed his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) at the Comelec head office in Intramuros, where a throng of supporters waited and heartily cheered ‘Pacman’, Pacman’, Pacman’ when the eight-time world division champion finally arrived.
Pacquiao, a member of the House of Representative as congressman of Sarangani province, was the 108th filer of CoC for Senator for next year’s national polls.
Only 12 will eventually make it to the Upper House. He has consistently placed inside the magic circle in previous surveys, although a lot of fans have voiced their preference to see him stay out of politics.
Pacquiao however, has constantly defied the odds from the time he left General Santos City as a penniless teenager to becoming the greatest and richest Filipino boxer of all-time.
The Pacman, who’s also the playing-coach of the Mahindra basketball team in the PBA, just came from New York City where he was awarded as one of Asia Society’s Game Changers of the Year.
He hasn’t fought since facing the now-retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the richest boxing bout in history where he lost by unanimous decision.
Pacquiao is still recuperating from the shoulder injury he suffered in the 12-round fight against Floyd Jr. and is poised to fight one more time early in 2016 in what he said would be his final fight should he be fortunate enough to be elected in the Senate.
As vice chairperson of the House of Representatives committee on overseas workers affairs, Pacquiao vows to fight for the rights of Overseas Filipino Workers once elected to the Senate.
At the same time, he also wants to push for the granting of quality free education and a lasting solution to the peace and order situation in Mindanao.