Eight-time boxing world champion, 42-year-old Filipino Manny Pacquiao , who has won the title of the best boxer of the year several times, announced his intention to run for president of the country.
Previously, Pacquiao was nominated by the ruling Philippine Democratic Party – the Power of the People (PDP – Laban, the ruling party of the Philippines).
At the end of August, Pacquiao had his last fight in the ring, losing, according to the judges, to the Cuban athlete Jordens Ugans. It is believed that it was this fight that became the final one in the boxer’s professional career.
At the same time, Pacquiao is far from a newcomer to politics – for the past five years he has served as a senator and is an implacable fighter against corruption in the Philippine government. Pacquiao has also consistently opposed the close relationship promoted by the incumbent president of the Philippines with China.
- I am a fighter and I will always be a fighter in and out of the ring. I accept the nomination for the presidency of the Republic of the Philippines, – said Pacquiao.
The presidential elections are scheduled for May 9 next year. According to the provisions of the Philippine constitution, the president of the republic – 76-year-old Rodrigo Duterte – will no longer be able to run for the post of head of state.
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