Boxing News: Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino boxer and senator, will run for president in 2016

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Boxing News: Manny Pacquiao, the Philippines’ boxing champion and senator has declared his campaign for the presidency next year. During the national assembly of the faction he leads in the ruling PDP-Laban Party, Pacquiao accepted the candidacy of his political friends. The announcement comes just days after a competing faction chose Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, a long-time ally to Duterte, as its presidential candidate.

Notably, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte belongs to the same PDP-Laban party, which has split into two groups. Pacquiao and Senator Koko Pimentel, who is now running against Duterte, lead one faction, while Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi leads the other.

Inside and beyond the arena, I’ll always be a fighter: Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao was one of the highest-paid athletes in the world in 2019, according to Forbes. The 42-year-old was defeated by Cuban fighter Yordenis Ugás in his most recent match last month. Pacquiao stated during his speech that he is a fighter and will always be a fighter both inside and outside the ring.

“Now is the time for a change. “We are ready to take on the leadership challenge,” Pacquiao told the crowd.

“As your presidential candidate, I accept your support. The hour has come for the oppressed to stand up. It’s past time for a new administration.”

Pacquiao, 42, a senator, said during a live-streamed statement during the assembly, “I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring.” “I am accepting your candidacy as a presidential candidate for the Philippines.”

Manny Pacquiao is one of the all-time great fighters. He is the only man in the world who has won world titles in all eight divisions. Despite his popularity, Pacquiao consistently trails the front-runners in opinion polls, which Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, has constantly topped.

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