So boxing champ Manny Pacquiao has reportedly revealed hints of plans to go for the Philippines’ highest office, admitting in an interview with the AFP in Macau yesterday that “he had considered the presidency of the 95 million-strong nation.”
When pressed on whether he had thought about shooting for the top job, the softly-spoken 34-year-old replied “Yes”.
Drawing parallels between his pugilism and politics careers, the former world champion in eight weight divisions said: “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.
“But, you know, it’s far away,” he said, adding: “It’s God’s will.”
We can look back to 2010 when in a stroke of brilliant prescient podcasting, American comedian Adam Carolla saw Pacquiao’s possible future as the Chief Executive of this sad nation — and copped some royal flak from Filipinos after he dissed them about their thin options as far as role models go…
“Here’s how you know when your country doesn’t have a lot going for it: When everything is about Manny Pacquiao.”
Noting that Pacquiao is the Philippines’ biggest celebrity and may be popular enough to be elected president, Carolla advised the Philippines to “Get a fu**ing life as a country.”
“Really?” Carolla asked incredulously. “You want some guy with brain damage running your country? Why don’t you get your s**t together?”
Not surprisingly, the backlash from the ‘Pinoy Pride’ community was as swift as the flight this snippet of satirical humour took over Filipinos’ pointed heads. Under strong pressure from a torrent of online trolling from the Filipino community, Carolla was later forced to apologise and tweeted “Read your comments. Sorry if I offended many of u.I don’t preplan my commentary. I try to be provoctive,funny but I crossed the line&im sorry…”
Perhaps he should’ve waited.
[Photo courtesy Asia Society.]
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