The Associated Press reports:
Philippine boxing icon and senator Manny Pacquiao says he will run for president in the 2022 elections. Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his PDP-Laban party at its national convention on Sunday, pledging to honestly serve the Filipino people who he said have been waiting for a change of government.
“I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring,” Pacquiao, 42, said in his speech. “In the name of our countrymen who have long been desiring for the right change in government, I wholeheartedly, bravely, and humbly hope for your support,” he added.
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Pacquiao last appeared on JMG in 2016 when he declared that “gay people are worse than animals.”
The following day Nike fired him from their endorsement deal over his “abhorrent comments.”
The far-right Christian site World Net Daily then accused Nike of firing Pacquaio for “following the bible.”
The next month a Los Angeles shopping center banned Pacquaio from its premises after spotting him leaving a movie theater.
Philippine boxing icon and senator Manny Pacquiao says he will run for president in 2022. “I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring,” Pacquiao, 42, said in accepting the nomination of his PDP-Laban party.https://t.co/eORfy4nuIY
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 19, 2021