Manny Pacquiao’s presidential campaign has come to an end.
Pacquiao fell short to becoming the Philippines’ next president, reportedly landing in third in the overall results. Ferdinand Marcos Jr — who won the election and is the son of former president and dictator of the Philippines, Marcos Sr – had more than 31 million votes to Pacquiao’s 3,627,979, according to Rappler.
“I know how to accept defeat,” Pacquiao said on Tuesday.
“But I hope that even though I lost this race, my countrymen, especially the poor, still win in this scenario.”
Pacquiao was one of several challengers to Marcos Jr., warning Philippines’ citizens of “chaos,” if the 64-year-old were to be elected president. Marcos Sr served from 1965 to 1986, including a period of martial law from 1972 to 1981.
Marcos Sr is known for large-scale corruption and stealing billions of dollars from the Central Bank of the Philippines.
Pacquiao, a senator of the Philippines, retired from boxing following his unanimous decision loss to Yordenis Ugas in August. He said he wanted to focus on his presidential run in the Philippines.
Pacquiao ended his boxing career as the only eight-division world champion and won twelve major world titles. He also became the oldest welterweight world champion at the age of 40.
His son, Emmanual “Jimuel” Pacquiao Jr., won his first amateur boxing bout in March and is supposed to have his second one this month.