Manny Pacquiao To Run For Philippines President, Veteran Boxing Journalist Says Pacquiao Has ‘A Whole New Life’ In Front Of Him
Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career is still in the air, but the boxer did reveal he’s pursuing a new direction.
Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion and Philippine senator, announced on Sunday that he will be running for the Philippine presidential seat in 2022. On Monday, he admitted his boxing career “is already over,” but his advisor Sean Gibbons said retirement is not official yet.
“It’s done because I’ve been in boxing for a long time and my family says that it is enough,” he said. “I just continued [to box] because I’m passionate about this sport.”
After Pacquiao’s unanimous decision loss to Yordenis Ugas for the WBA super world welterweight title on August 21, the Filipino superstar apologized to his fans in a tone that sounded like a farewell.
It was his first fight in two years, and many speculated it was going to be his last after a 26-year career run.
Norm Frauenheim, 72, has been covering boxing for nearly as long as Pacquiao’s career ran. The veteran boxing journalist’s work can be seen in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Ring Magazine and, currently, 15rounds.com.
Frauenheim was the only expert to choose Ugas to win against Pacquiao. He told FIGHT SPORTS it was tough watching Pacquiao lose — and siding against him — but this might’ve told the boxer that his time in the ring is up.
The boxing writer chose Ugas to win via unanimous decision after 12 rounds.
“I personally think Father Time, he’s come [for Pacquiao],” Frauenheim told FIGHT SPORTS. “There’s no turning back that clock.”
“He has a whole new life in front of him,” Frauenheim added. “He’s an old man in terms of boxing, but if he becomes a 43-year-old president of the Philippines, he’s a young man again.”
After his split decision win over Keith Thurman in 2019, Pacquiao became the oldest welterweight world champion at the age of 40.
But Frauenheim said as he watched the 42-year-old Filipino boxer against Ugas, of Cuba, his age was evident.
“To me, the fight changed late in the first round,” he said. “Manny looked like Manny for two minutes and 45 seconds.”
“But then, there was this moment where Ugas hit this big body shot in the final 15 seconds. You can see Manny freezes as if to say, ‘Uh oh’ and Ugas’ demeanor changes completely as if to say, ‘I got you.’”
Ugas successfully retained his welterweight title belt – which was previously Pacquiao’s but he was stripped due to inactivity – and has now been ordered by the WBA to make his second defense against Eimantas Stanionis.
As for Pacquiao, he accepted PDP-Laban party’s nomination to run in the 2022 Philippine presidential campaign. He has been a member of the Filipino congress since 2010 and was elected to the Senate in 2016.
Over the last few months, Pacquiao has made strides to call out the country’s “corrupt” government and current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Pacquiao previously told FIGHT SPORTS that “whatever God’s plan is I will fulfill that plan to protect the people and fight for the people.”
“Manny is interesting… He’s so deliberative in his process and I respect that,” Frauenheim said. “That tells me he might really be an effective politician.”