Philippine boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao declared Sunday he’ll run for president in 2022, ending months of hypothesis about whether or not the legendary fighter would search the nation’s high job.
“The time is now — we are ready to rise to the challenge of leadership,” mentioned Pacquiao, as he accepted the nomination of a rival faction in President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruling social gathering.
The eight-division world champion and beloved nationwide hero made the announcement weeks after dropping what could possibly be his final skilled struggle in opposition to Cuban Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao, who entered politics in 2010 as a congressman earlier than being elected to the Senate, has lengthy been anticipated to make a tilt for the nation’s highest workplace.
The 42-year-old is deeply admired within the archipelago nation for his generosity and hauling himself out of poverty to turn into one of many world’s best and wealthiest boxers.
His boxing credentials together with combating poverty and corruption are prone to be the important thing themes of his marketing campaign.
“For those asking what are my qualifications, have you ever experienced hunger?” Pacquiao requested the nationwide meeting held by the anti-Duterte faction of PDP-Laban.
“Have you ever experienced having nothing to eat, to borrow money from your neighbours or to wait for leftovers at a food stall? The Manny Pacquiao that is in front of you was moulded by poverty.”