Manny Pacquiao: Boxing legend set to vie for Philippines presidency in 2022

Manny Pacquiao: Boxing legend set to vie for Philippines presidency in 2022

- Manny Pacquiao first entered politics when he ran for a house of representatives seat back in 2007 but lost the polls

- The eight division weight champion secured a congressional seat three years later after a landslide victory to represent the district of Sarangani

- The 2016 polls provided him his turning point in politics when he garnered a massive 16 million votes to become a senator

- He now appears to be keen to scale higher in the country's political ladder, setting his sights on succeeding President Rodrigo Duterte

Philippines boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will reportedly run for the country's presidency in 2022.

Pacquiao is already a household name in the country having entered active politics in 2007 before he was elected member of the House of Representatives two years later.

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He later in 2016 joined the Philippine Senate after he garnered more than 16 million votes.

And now, with his current term coming to an end in 2022, the 41-year-old has set his sights on the presidency.

According to his former promoter, Mauricio Sulaiman, Pacquiao has already confirmed to him his intent to succeed current head of state Rodrigo Duterte.

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao set to vie for Philippines presidency in 2022

Pacquiao first entered politics when he ran for a House of Representatives seat back in 2007 but lost the polls. Photo: Getty Images.
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“The first president I think we’ll get as a fighter is little Manny Pacquiao, who told me, once again," SunSport quoted Sulaiman saying.

“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," he added.

Despite his otherwise demanding career as a politician, Pacquiao is yet to retire from the ring and has often been filmed engaging in gruelling training sessions.

His impressive 25-year boxing stint has seen him win 62 of his 71 bouts, with his recent victory coming against Keith Thurman in July 2019 to win the WBA welterweight world title.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Anthony Joshua has come out to slam his critics a few days after joining the Black Lives Matter protest held in Watford.

The WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight champion was part of the gathering staged his hometown and his knee injury did not stop him from joining the crowd.

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