Salido, Morales Wins Mexican Elections
Orlando Salido, who held four world titles across two divisions, has been elected as a state deputy in Mexico, and International Boxing Hall of Famer Erik Morales won a seat in Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies.
Salido won an election in the Sonora state legislature, in a district that includes his home of Ciudad Obregon.
“It’s time to get together and work for the people who really need our help,” Salido said. “They need better education, access to good health services and employment alternatives. I was fortunate to have boxing in my life and was able to take that opportunity to better myself, and now I want to give back to the community that has supported me throughout my career.”
Salido is a former WBO and IBF featherweight champion, as well as a former interim WBO super featherweight champion. Salido owns two victories over Juan Manuel Lopez and has faced the likes of Mikey Garcia and Roman Martinez. Despite talks of retirement (he’s 1-2-2 in his last five fights), he hopes to be like Manny Pacquiao, who serves as an elected official and is still an active boxer.
Morales was the first Mexican-born fighter to win championships in four different weight classes, with reigns as WBC super bantamweight champion, WBC featherweight champion, WBC/IBF super featherweight champion, WBC super lightweight champion. The Chamber of Deputies is the equivalent to the U.S.’ House of Representatives, and Morales won a three-year term for a seat in a district that represents his hometown of Tijuana.
“I feel grateful to all Baja California citizens who came out to vote in this historic election,” Morales said. “Today we are celebrating because we will all fight for Mexico!”
Original Story: ESPN