By Alon Calinao Dy: An eight-division world champion and Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao supports Vice President Jejomar Binay in the upcoming presidential election in 2016 when he was spotted at the newly formed United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Pacquiao had brought honor and fame in the Philippines with his impressive wins against elite boxers like Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Antonio Margarito, Ricky Hatton, and many others. Truly, I admire his courage and pleasing personality.
However, in his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. supposedly to be "the most exciting fight of the century" two months ago, he did lie to Filipino boxing fans that he is a hundred percent ready to beat the loudmouth American boxer.
After the fight, he admitted that he'd an injury in the shoulder before the final bout, but continued to fight because he didn't want to disappoint his fans. Many Filipinos around the world lost their hard-earn money because they did expect that Pacquiao has no pain with no known injury.
Pacquiao is a true boxing icon, no doubt about it. I have been an avid fan of Pacquiao for a very long time, but lately as I have observed, Pacquiao is a different man. I am now disappointed knowing that he supports VP Binay instead of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Pacquiao is now being considered as a senatorial line-up by the UNA headed by VP Binay. I understand that it is Pacquiao's right to choose what sort of political party he wants to stay. I just hope that he supports a good future leader who does not steal people's money. The one who does not only lead in the recent Pulse Asia survey, but also the hearts of the majority of the Filipino people.