Pacquiao: Presidency not on my mind for now

By Dharel Placido,

Posted at May 13 2015 09:27 AM | Updated as of May 13 2015 09:09 PM

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MANILA – Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said Wednesday that running for president is not on his mind for now.

''Wala sa isipan ko iyan (That's not on my mind). You see, God's plan is higher than our plans. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. We can't say,'' said Pacquiao, who arrived in the Philippines Wednesday following his loss to American Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Pacquiao, who is the representative of the lone district of Sarangani, said his focus now is on his constituents.

''It's just 2015. We will just continue serving the people. My focus is on my constituents in Sarangani."

He also said he has not yet decided whether he will seek a higher position in the 2016 elections. Top Rank boss Bob Arum earlier said that Pacquiao plans to run for senator in 2016 and then President in a future election.

The Filipino boxer is being considered by presidential aspirant Vice President Jejomar Binay in his 2016 senatorial slate.

''My focus is on my job as a congressman. It's still a year from elections and there are still so many things that I can do for my constituents,'' he said.

He added that he and his wife, Jinkee, are also considering the demands of being a public official.

''My wife, who is vice-governor of Sarangani, is also thinking about the time we are losing for our family."

Despite his popularity, many pundits doubt if Pacquiao has what it takes to lead the country. Pacquiao topped the list of absentee lawmakers in the House of Representatives last year, attending only seven of the 70 session days from January 20 to December 17, 2014.