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Don't enter politics yet, Piñol advises Pacman

by RG Alama

Davao City (17 November) -- Asked if what advice he could give to his much celebrated tukayo the newly-crowned welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao, North Cotabato Vice-Governor Manny Piñol said that it would be telling him not to enter politics yet.

Piñol, the former provincial Governor who was once a sports writer and editor and also currently active in boxing promotions said that Pacquiao at age 30 has still a very lucrative career in boxing and politics can just wait.

Manny Pacquiao recently defeated via a 12th round technical knockout World Boxing Organization welterweight defending champion Miguel Cotto last November 14 (Nov. 15 Philippine time) in Las Vegas to snatch a record 7th championship belt in seven weight divisions.

He reportedly stands to earn $13 million from the fight plus millions of dollars from profitable pay per view revenues, making him as one of the highest paid athletes in the world.

The heralded pound-for-pound boxer is said to be eyeing a congressional seat in Sarangani Province this coming 2010 National and local elections.

Piñol said that many politicians are trying to ride on the boxing champ hoping to get campaign funds. He said that the people of Sarangani may like him now but that doesn't mean they would vote for him come election time, and Manny could be in a disappointment.

The Vice-Governor said he last talked to the boxer December 16 of last year on the eve of his birthday celebration, and in which he advised the boxer not to enter politics.

Piñol said that Pacquiao represents the only thing that can unify the country right now. Evident in the fact that during Pacquiao fights, the country is in a virtual standstill watching his bout.

"Why go to a world when there is full of division and conflict." Piñol said on politics. If he wants to help people, he could do so without entering politics.

Pacquiao by the way he moves he can still fight till the age of 35, look at Bernard Hopkins he is already in his 40s yet he is still making money in boxing. Piñol said.

The vice-governor said that Manny will just be wasting his money in politics. Piñol said that a candidate would spend around P100 to P300 million during the campaign and Manny's political opponent is no lightweight but rather a member of a moneyed political family.

Rather than readying to face political opponents in Sarangani Manny should instead prepare facing future opponents like Sugar Shane Mosley or Floyd Mayweather Jr., Piñol said. (PIA XI) [top]

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