Arum reveals Pacman’s 'game plan': Win PHL presidency
November 12, 2011 11:45am

"To be president" is the ultimate goal of boxing champ and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao in the next five or six years and “not to be the pound for pound guy," said promoter Bob Arum days before the Filipino boxing icon's Sunday match with Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez.

“It’s been an amazing run, that’s why I get very, very impatient with a lot of this Mayweather nonsense," Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum told “The Telegraph," a news outlet based in the United Kingdom, four days before Pacquiao’s November 12 (Nov. 13 Manila time) match with Marquez.

“Because the game plan here is to be president of the Philippines," Arum said in the interview.

“It’s Manny’s path and his goal but I would love to remain part of it," explained the veteran boxing promoter, who turns 80 in December.

Arum said Pacquiao is targeting to win the presidency in 2022.

Two months ago, Pacquiao revealed that he is eyeing the vice presidency in 2016.

Later, he retracted and said he could not run for the vice presidency due to the Constitutional age limit.

The 1987 Constitution requires that a candidate must be at least 40 years old on election day before he or she can run for vice president. Pacquiao, born on December 17, 1978, will only be 37 years old during the 2016 polls.

Congress performance

Nevertheless, in case he does run for the presidency in 2022 or much later, how will Pacquiao fare based on his current performance as Sarangani representative?

At the House of Representatives, Pacquiao has sponsored or authored at least seven bills. Two of these tackle women’s health, with one seeking to establish breast care centers in every region and another seeking to curb trafficking in women and children.

He has also co-authored at least 35 House bills and resolutions, the most controversial of which is House Bill 00013 on the safety and protection of the unborn child.

Pacquiao opposes the Reproductive Health bill, which advocates family planning through both natural and artificial contraception.

However, Pacquiao was among the lawmakers with the most number of absences during the first regular session of the 15th Congress. The boxing champ, who had two boxing matches during the said period, attended only 47 of the 73 session days. — LBG, GMA News


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