Legendary Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao set to run for his country’s presidency in 2022, according to his close friend and former promoter Bob Arum.
The world’s oldest Welterweight champion Manny was first elected into office as a member of the House of Representatives in Late 2009. In 2016, he got over 16 million votes and joined the Philippine Senate, introduced as the people’s champion with his name read out in the same fashion as before his big fights.
Manny is been tipped to be the successor of the incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte whose tenure comes to an end in June 2022. By 2022 Manny Pacquiao would be 43, the election to decide if the National Treasure would actually replace Duterte would be held May 9th, 2022.
Arum told WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman;
“The first president I think we’ll get as a fighter is little Manny Pacquiao, who told me, once again.
“I did a Zoom telephone call with him, ‘Bob, I’m gonna run in 2022 and, when I win, I want you there at my inauguration.’”
Despite his role in his national politics, Pacquiao has still not hung up his boxing gloves and has been keeping himself in prime condition during the coronavirus crisis. Photo Credit: Getty