Manny Pacquiao: a Boxing Star to President

기사승인 2021.10.18  20:59:33


After President Rodrigo Duterte's tenure finishes next year, Manny Pacquiao, the Philippines' greatest boxer, will retire and run for president.

Manny Pacquiao, the Philippines' boxing legend, declared his retirement on the 29th of last month and announced his candidacy for president on May 9th, 2022. He had 72 matches in his 26-year boxing career, with only 8 defeats and two draws. Pacquiao had won 12 different titles across 8 weight divisions and was the only one in boxing history to achieve it.

On the 21st of August, he fought Yordenis Ugas for the last time. Although the outcomes were not what he and his followers had hoped for, everyone praised him for taking on the challenge at the age of 42. Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines' current president, announced his retirement from politics on the 2nd of this month, claiming that he lacked the necessary qualifications and renouncing his candidacy for vice president. Some speculate that running for president may be Pacquiao's biggest fight yet, given he was charged with tax evasion in 2013 and compared gay couples to animals. He also backed Duterte's move to reduce the penalty for drug trafficking. Although Pacquiao is well-liked by the majority of the population, the response to his presidential campaign was mixed. Regardless of his divisive statements and ideas, Pacquiao intends to address two of the country's most pressing issues: poverty and corruption.



He also declared that ending the pandemic was his top priority, citing the country as the worst place to stay during the epidemic. In his presidential speech last month, he declared that he is and always will be a fighter, both inside and beyond the ring. One of his most formidable opponents is Duterte's daughter, Sara Duterte, the current mayor of Davao City and widely regarded as the race's frontrunner. He, on the other hand, is unfazed and ready to face any challenge. The election events are expected to be quieter, as the pandemic situation hasn't improved since cases began to rise dramatically last March. Citizens hope that the newly elected president would alleviate the situation with COVID-19 by addressing the economic and educational





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