Manny Pacquiao, president? Why he should be taken seriouslyWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Earlier this week, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told TMZ he believes Manny Pacquiao, already a Member of Congress in the Philippines, will run for the Filipino presidency one day.
"He's gonna be a president," Arum told TMZ last night.
"He's gonna run for Senate in the Philippines in 2016 ... and then in 2022 or maybe later, he'll run for President of the Philippines."
Manny Pacquiao, president?
So Arum must be hyping the fight, right? After all, that's his job.
But what some mainstream news outlets are failing to report is Bob Arum, as well his Manny's trainer, Freddie Roach, have been very candid about Pacquiao's presumed political plans for years.
This is no hype job.
As early as August 2011, Roach hinted he feared his prized pugilist would quit boxing all together in 2012 to focus more on his political career.
Prior to Pacquiao's bout with Juan Manuel Marquez in November 2011, Roach told BBC, "After the first couple of days of training Manny came up to me and said 'I miss my job', and I said 'you're at your job', and he said 'no, I miss Congress."
"We are going to lose Manny Pacquiao to politics, for sure," Roach added. "It's just a matter of time."
At the time, several Filipino sources reported that Manny Pacquiao would likely leave his congressional position in the legislature to become the next governor of the province Sarangani, a more-demanding position that would have seemingly enabled him to work more closely with the public.
Also, in a late summer/early autumn 2011 interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, Manny Pacquiao, himself, along with promoter Bob Arum, discussed the fight legend's future in politics.
"By the year 2013, he'll be a governor of Sarangani province, hopefully," said Arum.
"Being a governor, it's a lot more time consuming than being a congressman so he's going to have to devote himself to governing a province and then of course, this boxing is just a means, for at least as I see it, for the end game".
The "end game?"
When Morgan suggested a possible run for the highest office in the Philippines, the Filipino star did, by no means, rule out the possibility.
"Being a public servant, this is a serious job, not like a boxer, you're entertaining people," added Pacquiao during the interview.
"But this --this politics issues, it's a serious, you know, you're taking care of the problems of the -- of those people who are needing your help."
"And -- and I'm serious to serve them honestly and to help them."
It's been obvious for quite some time Manny Pacquiao's political aspirations don't stop at congressman or even governor as all indications suggest has an eye on the presidency, and may possibly run in 2022.
But is there an age limit for the Filipino Presidency?
A Filipino citizen must be at least 40 years of age before she/he can run for president. Manny will turn 40 in December 2018.