Boxing icon and current Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao has been rumored to target the presidency for quite some time. Now, it looks like it has been confirmed as told by his former promoter, Bob Arum.
In a Zoom interview with World Boxing Council (WBC) president Mauricio Sulaiman posted on the council’s official Facebook page, Arum recalled his past Zoom call with Pacquiao, who invited him to his inauguration if ever he is elected president.
“I did a Zoom telephone call with him,” the promoter said. “[He said] ‘Bob, I’m gonna run in 2022 and, when I win, I want you there at my inauguration.’”
𝗪𝗕𝗖 𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗞𝗦 𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗 52 "BOB ARUM”
𝗪𝗕𝗖 𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗞𝗦 𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗 52 "BOB ARUM” 𝗝𝗢𝗜𝗡 𝗨𝗦: https://forms.gle/gcrvufHxhzAtD6K86 Friday June 05 🥊Spanish Version 11:00 am CDMX / 18:00 Madrid 🥊English Version 09:00 pm CDMX / 16:00 Madrid With: Mauricio Sulaimán Bob Arum Carl Moretti World Boxing Council Universidad LiberQuaré #WBCStayHomeStaySafePosted by WBCUniversity on Friday, June 5, 2020
The boxing world champion commenced his political career in 2007 when he lost to Darlene Custodio in the running for representative of South Cotabato’s first district.
In 2010, Pacquiao went on to win as Representative of Sarangani, holding the position until June 2016 where he was sworn in as Senator of the Republic of the Philippines, a post he currently holds.
During Pacquiao’s 39th birthday last 2017, current President Rodrigo Duterte declared Pacquiao as his successor yet last November 2019, he advised the senator-boxer to think things over before having an intention to run.
In addition, Pacquiao, at 41, has yet to retire from the sport of boxing, with his last fight in July 2019 against Keith Thurman, in a winning effort.
Some netizens have reacted negatively towards Arum’s claim, resurfacing the senator’s past negative remarks against the LGBT and his action of saying yes to the anti-terrorism bill.
EW WHY IS MANNY PACQUIAO RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2022 WHAT THE FUCK JSGZJDGJSHJ— rami 🇨🇦 #FightTyranny (@ramicelio_) June 8, 2020
Pacquiao is thinking of running as president in the 2022 elections.— M A J 👑 (@Joannaaaabanana) June 8, 2020
Hindi pagkatao ang pinaguusapan dito but his capability. He can't even defend his stand during debates.
May this be a reminder not to make the same mistake you did in 2016.
Please vote wisely sa #Halalan2022
Manny Pacquiao wants to run for president in 2020— 𝑰𝑹𝑰 🇵🇭 ARTISTSFIGHTBACK #JUNKTERRORBILL (@irides_arts) June 8, 2020
please, for the love of god. DONT VOTE FOR THAT HOMOPHOBIC SONE OF A BITCH
Pacquiao has yet to comment on Arum’s claim that he will run for presidency.