Pacquiao: “No Intention” To Run For President
While Manny Pacquiao has risen to the highest ranks of boxing, he is not looking to rise to the highest rank of the Filipino government.
While speaking at Monday’s New York press conference for his January 19th fight against Adrien Broner, the current senator has no plans to run for President of his native land.
Pacquiao, who won a congressional election in May 2010, has been a senator in the Philippines since May 2016.
“After [being a] senator, I don’t know,” said Pacquiao, who followed up a 2010 congressional win with earning his six-year senate term in 2016. “Somebody says they want me to run as the president of the Republic of the Philippines. But it’s a great responsibility, big responsibility, and in my heart, I have no intention – right now I have no intention to run as president of the Republic of the Philippines. I’m happy to be a senator of the Philippines and serving the people, and while serving the people, happy to continue my boxing career.”
Current President and Pacquiao ally, Rodrigo Duterte, has gone on-record with wanting Pacquiao as his successor when his term ends in 2022.
“When I tried to stop boxing, I feel like lonely and sad because boxing is my passion,” Pacquiao said of his brief 2015 retirement. “I’ve been in boxing since I was young and when I stopped boxing, I realized nobody like me [was] waving the flags of the Philippines, bringing honor to my country, to our country. I want myself to always be seen in a boxing ring like that. I really like boxing and, like I said, boxing is my passion.
“Right now, my intention is to continue my career as a boxer because I can. Of course, I have to feel it and see the condition of my body. And right now, thank God for giving me strength and good health, peace of mind and strength every day that I can continue my career.”
Quotes Transcribed by Boxing Scene