Boxing Legend Manny Pacquiao Officially Announces Bid for Presidency in 2022

Published 09/19/2021, 8:06 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Manny Pacquiao is interviewed after defeating Timothy Bradley Jr. by unanimous decision in their welterweight championship fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Since 1995, Manny Pacquiao has fought 72 times. Today, he is a true legend of the sport, and the boxing world looks up to him. After losing to Yordenis Ugas at age 42 last month, it seems Manny Pacquiao is now ready to focus on the next phase of his life.

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The boxing legend from the Philippines has now announced candidacy for the 2022 presidential elections. Manny Pacquiao is a huge name in his home country and stands a solid chance at replacing Rodrigo Duterte, the current President.

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Apart from just attaining excellence inside the squared circle, ‘Pacman’ has also been serving as an active Senator since 2016.

It seems the 42-year-old is viewing this as yet another challenge in his career. Along with his announcement, he added that he is a fighter, both in and out of the ring.

I’m a fighter and will always be a fighter, inside and outside of the ring. All my life, I haven’t backed down from any fight. Nothing is impossible if it’s ordained by God,said Manny Pacquiao.

Will Manny Pacquiao officially hang up his gloves now?

After a two-year-long hiatus from the sport, Manny Pacquiao lost to Cuban WBA Super champion Yordenis Ugas by unanimous decision. However, nothing can be taken away from boxing’s eight-division champion; even at 42, he showed great agility, speed, and movement.

After the fight, ‘Pacman’ hinted at retirement from the sport.

In the future, you might not see Manny Pacquiao again to fight in the ring. I don’t know. I’ve done a lot for boxing, and boxing has done a lot for me. I look forward to spending time with my family and thinking about my future in boxing.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – MAY 19: < Manny Pacquiao poses for a portrait during a training session at the Elorde boxing Gym on May 19, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

For how many decades, you, my friends, [the] media, and the boxing fans, [have] always been behind us, supporting us. That’s why we’re here, we became popular and we accomplish our dream as a fighter because of you.

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I am a fighter inside and outside the ring, and I look forward to getting back to the Philippines and serving the Filipino people as the pandemic continues to affect millions in the Philippines,” added Pacquiao.

A young Manny Pacquiao would have never believed it if he knew he would one day be one of the greatest fighters on the planet and that people all around the world would look up to him.

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With Presidency set in his sight, it is quite possible fans might not get to see Pacquiao in the ring again. Regardless of what he chooses to do next, he would indubitably go down as one of the best to ever do it.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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