Is Manny Pacquiao Running for President in the Philippines?

Published 08/20/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his split-decision victory over Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Manny Pacquiao began his boxing stint almost three decades back. But it took him no time to pin himself as a legend in the game. Continuing his aura, Pacquiao even stepped into the political world in the Philippines and saw vast success there.

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But is he on the brink of doing something even bigger in this vertical? Will he step up to file for becoming the President of his nation?

Monico Puentevella, spokesperson and political advisor for Pacquiao, gave a clear stand on this in an exclusive chat with CNN.

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“Bahala na kung sinong [ibang] tatakbo (It doesn’t matter who else are running) but Manny Pacman Pacquiao is going to run for President… he will file his candidacy,” he said.

For now, Pacquiao is in for his fight with Yordenis Ugas this weekend. But Puentevella even asserted that the boxing legend will get in touch with many political parties once he returns to his country.

With this, one thing is totally confirmed. Pacquiao is seriously considering standing for the election to one of the biggest government jobs in his country. As he has been a senior, he is no stranger to politics, and his countrymen know and respect him. But what would presidential candidacy mean for his in-ring career?

Is it time for Manny Pacquiao to sign off from boxing?

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As Manny Pacquiao has been a face of boxing for several years now, the hardcore, as well as casual lovers of boxing, regard him as the finest.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao in the ring during the WBA welterweight championship against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

His achievements are noteworthy and he’s already a true hotshot of the game. That said, once he concludes his fight with Yordenis Ugas this weekend, Manny Pacquiao might move on from sports.

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It’ll be interesting to see what he does after the smoke clears on August 21. What do you make of the above story?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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