MANILA -- Boxing champion Nonito Donaire maintains he’s a big fan of Manny Pacquiao the boxer.
But “The Filipino Flash,” who will be fighting on the undercard of the Pacquiao versus Jessie Vargas bout, said he wouldn’t vote for Pacquiao if he ran for president today.
"Honestly? I probably wouldn't," Donaire told Fight Hype at the sidelines of his press conference for his fight with Jessie Magdaleno.
Donaire will defend his WBO super bantamweight title against Magdaleno in a 12 round co-main event on the Pacquiao vs Vargas undercard in November.
Pacquiao, who has recently been elected as senator, is widely believed to be interested in becoming president someday.
But Donaire believes the "Pacman" should spend more time on his work as legislator.
“He's not presenting himself well as a politician. He's presented himself as a celebrity,” said the Filipino Flash, citing Pacquiao's dismal attendance record as a congressman.
"I love Manny and he's a great friend of mine. But I'm looking at it as a man who wants the country to be better," he stressed.
In order for Pacquiao to prove he can become a good president, Donaire said the boxing superstar must fulfill his commitments, referring to Pacquiao’s decision to get out of retirement despite his promise to leave the sport to focus on politics.
"In order for him to get my vote, he has to commit. If he says I'm retired, give your word, and stay that way,” Donaire said.
Despite this, the 2012 "Fighter of the Year" also believes that Pacquiao has sincere intentions.
“The thing is the guy has passion. If he can create that [passion] and be there for it, then he might be a great president,” he said.
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