Manny Pacquiao is finally hanging up the gloves on his boxing career. The world boxing champ will now focus on politics in his country as he secures a senate seat in the ongoing elections.
After a career spanning 66 fights, winning 10 world titles, and being the first 8-division world champion, Filipino boxer Emmanuel Dapidran “Manny” Pacquiao is finally going to retire. After his victorious final fight with Timothy Bradley the Pac-Man is leaving the ring life and will focus more on his political career.
According to ESPN, Manny Pacquiao is already a sitting congressman in the Philippines before retiring, representing his home province of Sarangani. Now with the ongoing Philippine elections, he is likely to win a seat in the country’s senate.
With a senate seat, Pacquiao’s responsibilities are different from those he had in congress. Aside from passing legislations, the senate has various committees and is the only body that can concur treaties as well as try impeachment cases.
The boxer has already taken heavy criticisms due to his poor attendance during his time in congress. This was partly due to his boxing career requiring months of training before every fight.
Although many Filipinos believe that unless he retires he should put his political career on hold, he is still a popular candidate. Pacquiao is well known for his charitable work in the Philippines and has gained the support of the majority of poor Filipinos.
This popularity has apparently won him a higher political position in the ongoing elections of his country. He is currently ranked number seven in the senatorial polls which very well guarantees a seat in the upper legislative house.
Larry Brown Sports reported that due to his retirement the rematch between Pacquiao and Mayweather is not going to happen. Despite many boxing fans believing that he would not push through, promoter Bob Arum states that he owes it to the Filipino people to do his job and has no time to screw around and train for a fight like he used to.
Manny Pacquiao the boxer will surely be missed by everyone but especially by Filipinos. They will miss having to drop all their work and see their hero fight and bring honor to the country. This time, however, he will be fighting not to bring home glory and a belt but to give his countrymen a better life.