BOXING superstar Manny Pacquiao is confident he’ll be able to make up lost ground after suffering the biggest dip among senatorial candidates in the latest Pulse Asia survey ahead of the May elections, no thanks to his controversial stand on same-sex marriage.
The camp of the Sarangani congressman pointed out the 37-year-old Pacquiao has yet to go all out in his campaign sorties around the country as he’s currently focusing on his training for the April 9 welterweight fight against Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas.
But once the Pacman goes full blast on the campaign trail, chances of him regaining his previous spot in the lower half of the ‘magic 12’ is definitely high, his camp said.
“Babawi yan lalo pag nakapag-ikot na siya,” said one of Pacquiao’s press information officers.
Pacquiao himself remained undeterred by the recent development that showed him dropped 12.1 percentage points in the survey covering the period from January to February, a stretch which saw the boxing champ get embroiled in a controversy following his comments on same-sex marriages.
Translated, the numbers meant a drop to 34.8 percent voter support from the previous high of 46.9 percent.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa tiwala at suporta ng mga kababayang Pilipino. Katulad ng sinabi ko noong nahalal ako dito sa Sarangani, ay hindi ko sila ipapahiya at makakaasa sila na kahit piso o anumang halaga, hindi ko ipagpapalit ang tiwala nila sa akin,” said Pacquiao in a statement.
Until his controversial remark on same-sex marriage, Pacquiao was running 8-10 in the senatorial race, according to the same survey. He had since dropped to the 11-14 slots, or a slide of 3-4 spots.