In an exclusive interview with Agence France-Presse on July 28, boxer Manny Pacquiao, who is also the representative of the lone district of Saranggani, said that he is planning to run again for public office once he retires from boxing. This time, though, he might take a shot at being the president of the Philippines.

“When I started boxing, of course I was planning, you know and thinking about getting to become a champion. So when I enter politics it's the same thing,” quoted him as saying.

Still, he clarified that it was still just a plan, and that nothing has been set in stone yet. “But, you know, it's far away. It's God's will.”

For now, the boxer is focused on training for his upcoming fight against American boxer Brandon Rios, determined to win this time after losing his last two consecutive fights.

“He's OK but I can say he's a greasy fighter and he loves to fight inside, he loves to fight toe-to-toe,” Manny said. “This is going to be a good fight—more action in the ring… There's a little bit of pressure for this fight but I believe in myself that I can still fight and improve. I still can knock somebody out in the ring.”

“I never think negative. I only think positive,” he added.

However, when he was asked about the “dream clash” between him and undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny replied, “I've stopped thinking about him because I don't think he will fight me. I've been waiting four years already.”

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