Manny Pacquiao: From the boxing ring to the Palace

Manny Pacquiao: From the boxing ring to the Palace

By Junex Doronio

LIKE A full-blooded warrior, Senator Manny Pacquiao seems to be waiting for the right moment to throw his deadly punches all the way to Malacañan. Apparently, this is not yet the right time as Pacquiao opted to be busy with his legislative work and on Thursday defended his colleague Senator Panfilo Lacson from online attacks ostensibly by some “trolls” as the Senate inquiry on Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) corruption rages on.

“Huwag naman sanang masamain itong mga ginagawang pagbubunyag ni Senator Lacson. He is just doing his job,” Pacquiao said in a statement.

Despite his eerie silence, Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach on Thursday revealed that the boxing champ—who rose from the proverbial rags-to-riches plus fame—has been contemplating the end of his career.

“He wants to make his country better, and he wants to improve everything. He works hard, and he’ll do the best he can for everybody out there. I think he’s good for the country, and I think he’ll be a great President. I’d vote for him,” Roach bared.

Unfortunately, Roach being an American citizen cannot vote for Pacquiao. Although he really wants to run the presidential campaign of his pupil if allowed, perhaps, by the Comelec and if ever the senator goes for the country’s top prize. It can be recalled that two months ago, Pacquiao’s former longtime promoter Bob Arum told World Boxing Council (WBC) president Mauricio Sulaiman in a video conversation that the Filipino boxing legend and senator plans to run for president in 2022.

Pacquiao vehemently denied the claim, saying he did not discuss any plans about running for president with Arum.

Reminds us of The Art of War by Sun Tzu: “Confuse the enemy.” (IA/DS)

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