Pacquiao, left, and Dantes
Pacquiao, left, and Dantes

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Manny Pacquiao might be heavily favored by the Filipinos to win in this Saturday’s (Sunday, Philippine time) welterweight boxing championship against American Floyd Mayweather, but the Filipino boxer’s chances of becoming president is very slim.

Actor Dingdong Dantes is the overwhelming choice among likely voters in the 2022 Philippine presidential elections.

Last week, The Adobo Chronicles reported that Dantes is being groomed to be the Liberal Party’s standard bearer in 2022, while Pacquiao has been anointed the presidential candidate for the opposing Nacionalista Party.

In a scientific poll conducted by the Chronicles, Dantes, 34, leads Pacquiao, 36, by almost 3 to 1. An overwhelming 71.15% of respondents said that they will vote for the actor, compared to only 28.85% who said they will vote for the boxer. (Both are under-age to qualify for the 2016 elections.  The minimum age to run for Philippine president is 40.)


When it comes to politics, Filipinos seem to look up to their screen heroes over their sports heroes. And we’re not even talking about qualifications here.

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