Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, 42, has said he will run president the 2022 elections. Mr Pacquiao has served as a senator the Philippines since 2016. He said he wants to run president because the Filipino people need a new government. He believes his career boxing has helped him politics and would give him the skills he needs to be a good president. He said a speech: "I'm a fighter, and I will always be a fighter and the ring." He added: "We need government to serve our people." Other sporting heroes have become leaders their country, like Pakistan's cricketing hero Imran Khan and Liberia's soccer icon George Weah.
Emmanuel Pacquiao is one the greatest professional boxers all time. He is the only boxer history to be world champion eight different levels and won twelve major world titles. He is the only boxer to hold world championships four decades, the 1990s to the 2020s. In 2019, he became the oldest welterweight world champion ever the age of 40. Pacquiao has had other successes of his boxing and political careers. He was the head coach and a player a Philippine Basketball Association team. He has also starred movies, presented TV shows, and as a singer, has released best-selling albums and songs. He is also a preacher, philanthropist and YouTube personality.