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    Brandon Vera draws inspiration from Pacquiao, bares plan to run for Senate seat

    Dec 3, 2016
    Should we start calling him Senator Brandon Vera? Jerome Ascano

    LIKE his demeanor when he makes his way into the cage and faces opponents, Brandon Vera looks as serious about his plan to enter politics.

    The Filipino-American MMA star last year bared his intention to run for local office in his father’s hometown in Tagkawayan, Quezon.

    But right after he successfully defended his ONE heavyweight belt for the first time late Friday night, Vera, it appears, is eyeing for a bigger position.

    “The Senate in 2019,” Vera said with a smile when asked what’s in store for him aside from fighting, acting, and coaching.

    “I want to help people, in the provinces, because no one’s helping people in the provinces,” Vera said. “I’m just following Pacquiao’s lead. I love seeing him in hearings.”

    [See Vera makes quick work of Japanese foe to retain ONE heavyweight title]

    Vera, who bared he just acquired his dual citizenship three weeks ago, was referring to boxing’s only eight-division champion, Manny Pacquiao, who he said is making an impression as a rookie senator.

     “He’s a living, breathing b*yag. You can’t touch Pacquiao,” Vera said. “If you say something wrong or incorrect, he’ll ask.”

    Vera, though, stressed he is still weighing his options as he kept his focus on his fighting career that’s entering its twilight.

    The 6-foot-2 MMA fighter also has an acting career, saying he is set to begin shooting “Buy-Bust,” a film he stars in with Anne Curtis, who was in attendance at the MOA Arena on fight night.

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    “Tingnan natin. Who knows? I may end up being a farmer,” Vera ended with a smile.  

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