Say Hello To The Filipino Boxing Champ Who Won A Senatorial Race

On Thursday, May 19th, Asian boxing champ, Dapidran Pacquiao registered his groundbreaking victory in the world of politics.

Manny just boosted his profile by winning a senatorial seat in his home country, the Philippines.

Manny was born as Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao on December 17, 1978. Manny as he is popularly called appears to have a flair for so many things. This is evident in the number of skills that he possesses as well as his level of success in them.

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First he is a professional boxer, an actor, basketball player and coach, media personality and a politician. As far as boxing goes, he is one of the world’s greatest boxers of all time.

According to Wikipedia he is “the first and only eight-division world champion, in which he has won ten world titles.”

He is a multiple award winner and record-breaking champ in the world of boxing. In 2015, he was the 2nd highest paid athlete in the world (Forbes).

37-year-old Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao won his senatorial seat with a thundering 16 million votes. Of the 12 new members of Senate in the Philippines, Manny is the 7th on the list with the highest votes.

With his recent political victory, many in his country speculate that in no distant time, the successful young man might head for the presidency. However the boxing champ has not made any such intentions emphatically known to the public.

Dapidran Pacquiao became a representative for the southern Sarangani province in 2010. The need to improve the living condition of the people was his drive to become a lawmaker.

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“In my province — Sarangani province — the population is more than half-a-million and we don’t have a hospital … imagine that,” – Dapidran Pacquiao

The Filipino champ perhaps has more democratic spirit than the world knows. Despite the criticism of his poor attendance and participation in sessions as a representative, he was not scared to leave his senatorial quest up to the people. The people decided and he won in a landslide.