World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who currently serves as representative of Sarangani, is eyeing the governorship of the province in next year’s elections.
Pacquiao told the Wall Street Journal that he is a better fit in an executive role rather than the legislature.
“Being a legislator isn’t hard work, it’s kind of light,” Pacquiao said. “But an executive position is 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I feel I’m better suited to that. I feel I can do many things for my province.”
Pacquiao, 33, has talked about a desire to retire, owing to what he said is a newfound faith. He has reportedly quit his vices and recently conducted a bible study seminar at a television network, although he said that he is looking three more times before he hangs up his gloves for good. He is scheduled to take on undefeated American fighter Timothy Bradley in June.
He is currently involved in a legal tussle with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, which filed charges against him for failing to submit proper tax documents.
He has already brushed off the issue, saying that he won’t go the way of Floyd Mayweather, his top rival for the sport’s mythical pound-for-pound crown. Mayweather was sentenced to prison for domestic violence in Nevada.
“I would rather see him inside the ring, not in a jail,” said Pacquiao about Mayweather.