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article imageManny Pacquiao declares candidacy for Senator

By Leo Reyes     Oct 5, 2015 in Sports
Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao announced his intention to run for senator in the 2016 national elections in the Philippines during a convention attended by his party mates Monday in General Santos City
The eight-division world champion is an incumbent member of the House of Representatives and has one more term left of his three-term limit. If he decides to run for reelection as congressman representing the lone district of Sarangani, he could run unopposed but finally opted to run for senator.
The announcement was made in the presence of his party mates in the People’s Champ Movement (PCM), a local political party that he organized in 2010.
“I would like to inform you that I’m running for senator this coming 2016 election. Whatever I did in my district in Sarangani, I would try to duplicate it in the whole country once I get elected,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao has yet to disclose which of the of the major national political parties he is joining for his senatorial candidacy. Two major political party coalitions have been courting Pacquiao to join their groups but he has yet to decide on the matter.
Pacquiao could also run as an independent candidate and hope that some of the major parties adopt or endorse him during the campaign.
Pacquiao is still recuperating from his shoulder injury but is expected to start training before the end of the year for his return fight early next year.
The fighting congressman from Sarangani claimed he has fully recovered from his recent shoulder injury but his promoter Bob Arum said he won't work on Pacquiao's next fight unless he undergoes an MRI examination to see if he has indeed fully healed.
Arum has been urging Pacquiao to travel to the U.S. to have his shoulder surgery checked by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in his Los Angeles clinic. But the Filipino boxing star has been busy with his charity work as well as politics since his return to the Philippines last May.
"He's doing a million things right now," Arum said. "But I'm not going to make a fight for him until he sees (Dr. Neal) ElAttrache. ElAttrache said he won't clear him until there's an MRI,
Pacquiao is set to travel to the U.S. to receive the "2015 Game Changer of the Year" from the Asia Society at the United Nations in New York on Oct. 13.
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