(PresidentialInsider.com)- Manny Pacquiao, a famous boxer from the Philippines, has announced his intention to run to be the next president of his country.
Reuters revealed that Pacquiao, a boxer who once fought legendary American boxer Floyd Mayweather, was nominated by the ruling PDP-Laban Party. The fact that he was chosen by the party of the incumbent president, Rodrigo Duterte, means he has a significant chance of actually winning the race and leading the country.
His nomination came only days after a rival faction within the party dominated Christopher “Bong” Go, as their preferred candidate.
Accepting the nomination, he told the press, “I am a fighter and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring.”
The rival faction also nominated President Duterte as the candidate for vice president, which has been criticized in the country as an effort for him to maintain some level of power over the country and potentially avoid prosecution for his strict war on drugs, which has seen many people in the country hurt or killed.
It’s controversial, too, as Duterte is no longer eligible to run for president but can, technically, still run as the vice president as it is a separately held election. The ticket, however, fell apart when Go rejected the nomination.
Boxer Pacquiao has previously indicated his intention to run, but was ineligible at the time as he was under 40 years old.
Pacquiao was previously an ally of Duterte and served as the president of the PDP-Laban party until July 2021, but has since become a vocal critic of the incumbent president – notably over his close relationship with the Communist Party of China.
Could Pacquiao be the next Donald Trump – a household name ready to represent the interests of the common man?