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Oct 6, 2015
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The People's Champ Manny Pacquiao has officially announced on Friday his senatorial bid for next year's polls.

"In the coming days, I will be embracing new levels of responsibility. I will be confronting tough challenges," Pacquiao was quoted by Rappler during his recent State of the District Address in Sarangani. "My second term as your congressman will soon be over, but I will continue to be of service (to) you and to our fellow Filipinos."

As usual, the declaration had a lot of people scratching their heads, with the majority challenging his qualifications. Though in the end, you'd have to realize that this is one of Pacquiao's perks as one of the most powerful and influential personalities in the country.

In all fairness, the 36-year-old didn't snag his congressional seat for nothing. While he was one of the House of Representatives' top absentees—showing up for work only four days—last year, the boxing icon has made sure not to let up in serving his people, with project funds often coming out of his own pocket.

Now, the multi-hyphenated boxer is hoping to add yet another feather to his well-ornamented cap. But if ever this bid doesn't pan out, the boxer-singer-actor-TV host-commercial model-PBA player-coach-bible preacher still has these alternative career paths to take if he thinks his titles aren't enough...


FULL-TIME SUPERHERO

His 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Wapakman might've been a total flop (in other words, utter crap), but in reality, Manny is one of the few persons who could actually be a real-life caped crusader. We're thinking a la Batman; he's got the physical (and financial) prowess to knock out the bad guys and afford the coolest of gizmos. Assistant coach Buboy Fernandez being his butler would be absolute gold.

Not sure if he can pull off that raspy voice, though...


NOONTIME SHOW CO-HOST/YAYA DUB'S POPS

We all know how Pacquiao turned out as a game show host (as the slightly obnoxious Ninong Manny on Manny Many Prizes) and a comedian (Show Me Da Manny). But what if he decides to be both and become an Eat Bulaga Dabarkad and, say, play Yaya Dub's estranged father Dodong in the Kalyeserye? Just when Alden Richards thought Lola Nidora was already a handful, here comes his muse's draconian ex-boxer of a dad. You can thank us later, EB...


ASTRONAUT

Having toured a considerable host of countries (and having more than enough dough to visit some more), Manny might have had daydreams of going beyond and reaching space. Just make sure he will make all the necessary preparations for a safe trip; just look at how much the US has spent retrieving Matt Damon (in Interstellar and The Martian) from the cosmos...

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PIANO MAN

While Manny's musicianship came off laughable rather than artistic, mastering another instrument other than the guitar could draw people in taking this passionate side of him more seriously. Because really, there is no need for him to actually sing (somebody just had to say it). And after all, Manny's already practicing...


SOUS CHEF

We don't know about you, but Chef Manny has a certain ring to it. Imagine him bringing his in-ring cooking to a boxing-themed restaurant, which specializes in his favorite pre-fight meals. Bring on those cuss words, Chef Gordon!

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