Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine Senate

Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine Senate

Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine Senate

Written by Staff Writer

06 Oct, 2015 | 4:39 pm

Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao said on Monday that he plans to run for a post in the influential Philippine Senate despite a lacklustre stint as a congressman.

The star announced he will run as a candidate for the 24-seat upper chamber in May 2016, to mixed reactions from fans.

The athlete has pushed for several bills in congress, promoting social welfare and sport, but has also been criticised for having missed many congress meetings during his two terms.

Pacquiao, 36, did not say what party or coalition he would join for his Senate bid. Politics in the Philippines is a multi-party system that has long been dominated by powerful clans, as well as film celebrities and stars from sporting arena.

Pacquiao lost the richest prize fight in boxing history to American Floyd Mayweather last May. The fight catapulted both boxers into the Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities.

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