Hillary Clinton: Will candidate accompany Manny Pacquiao into the ring?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Weeks after losing to President Barack Obama, Republican nominee Mitt Romney sat ringside at the pay-per-view fight card headlined by Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, will likely be back in action just in time for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. As a result, will we see another presidential candidate play an even bigger role in a Pacquiao fight?
Last month, during Pacquiao's fight with Floyd Mayweather, we saw Justin Bieber and the Burger King mascot in the latter's entourage so anything is possible, especially in an election year. (Incidentally, Burger King reportedly paid $1 million for the entry).
And it's no secret, Hillary Clinton dearly wants Pacquiao's endorsement.
Not only is Manny one of the world's most popular athletes, he's a congressman in his native Philippines who is respected worldwide and has presidential aspirations himself.
In 2011, following a meeting with President Benigno Aquino III, Clinton insisted she was a fan of the prizefighting politician.
“We know that PacMan had another great victory (referring to Pac-Man's majority decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez). I am a major PacMan fan," she proudly uttered.
So, why would Manny Pacquiao be valuable to the Clinton Campaign?
Americans of Filipino descent comprise about 3.4 million people, or 1.1% of the U.S. population. They are the country's second-largest self-reported Asian ancestry group after Chinese Americans according to 2010 American Community Survey.
Perhaps accompanying Manny, who would be considered a Democrat by U.S. politics standards, in his return bout would give the former first lady a jolt in the Filipino-American demographic?
Last October, Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, sat next to Clinton at a dinner function.
According to Arum, Clinton asked him to get Pacquiao to the US once she decided to launch her presidential campaign.
"She said ‘Bob, I don't know if I’m gonna run for president but if I do, you gotta get Manny Pacquiao to come over and help me,’" said Arum, as reported by ABS CBN News.
Will Hillary roll in Manny's entourage next year?