Manny Pacquiao: Boxing Legend Suffers Humiliating Defeat in Philippine’s Presidential Election
Manny Pacquiao, the famous Boxing legend, was defeated in the just concluded Philippines’ presidential polls.
Before running for president, Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement from boxing last September.
The results were not surprising, since the pre-election results revealed that Pacquiao didn’t stand a winning chance.
Popular boxing legend, Manny Pacquiao, who retired from the sport to compete for the Philippines’ presidential seat has lost.
Pacquiao’s running for the presidential seat began when he announced his intentions on a livestream. The broadcast showed him riding in a coach that was inscribed with the phrase, “Man of Destiny” through Manila’s morning traffic.
Pacquiao’s loss was attributed to his intentions to arrest drug users and imprison corrupt politicians. He made these plans despite admitting that he used marijuana and crystal meth when he was young.
Based on the initial tally, it was reported that Pacquiao got fewer than four million votes or about 6.8 percent of the total votes in the election.
The winner, Ferdinand Marcos Junior, got more than half of the people’s votes, while the runner up was Leni Robredo.
The results came as no surprise as pre-election results had revealed that Pacquiao didn’t have a chance of winning. The devout evangelical Christian convert, however, talked up his chances of victory until the last minute.
On Monday, while Pacquiao was casting his vote in his southern home province of Sarangani, he lamented the poverty situation in the country.
This defeat didn’t only cost Pacquiao his money, but his pride. The former boxer has also lost interest in running for a second term in the celebrity-packed Senate, where he had a high chance of winning.
During an interview with AFP last November, Manny Pacquiao ruled out coming back if he lost the presidential election.
The father of five said, he’s turning 43 soon, so he is done. He revealed that he will instead focus on growing fruits on his 20-hectare (49-acre) property in Sarangani.