- LP is wooing Pacquiao in joining its Senate slate
- Roxas confirmed he himself talked with Pacquiao recently
- LP would formally announce its final Senate lineup next week
MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II confirmed ongoing talks with Filipino world boxing champion and Sarangani Representative Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao.
In an article by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the former Interior secretary disclosed in an ambush interview that he talked with Pacquiao a few nights ago. When he was asked if it there’s a chance for the boxing icon to join the LP’s Senate slate, he answered: “It’s possible.”
Pacquiao declared his Senate run in General Santos City last Monday, October 5, during the convention of People’s Champ Movement; a local political party he founded in 2010.
In an article by ABS-CBN News Online, he also said during an appearance on ANC’s “Headstart” on Wednesday, October 7, he intends to have one last fight before the 2016 elections, and then, if he gets elected, he is ready to retire from the sport that made him world-famous.
He said: “Ready na siguro (to retire) dahil ang tagal ko na sa boxing. More than 20 years na ako sa boxing.” (I’m probably ready to retire because I’ve been in the sport for a long time now. It’s been more than 20 years.)
Pacquiao seemed satisfied with his decision to hang up his gloves after one last match next year; saying he had taken career advice from God.
“What does God tell you?” host Karen Davila asked.
He answered: “Kumbaga, tama na.” (It’s time to stop.)
He is considering running as an independent candidate, although he remains allied with the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
He said he sees no problem in running as a common candidate of the major parties or in going solo and will announce his decision once he files his certificate of candidacy.
The voting public will know on Monday, October 12, if Pacquiao will join LP; when the ruling party would formally announce its final Senate lineup.