Manny Pacquiao: Why Pacquiao's Political Dreams Have Derailed His Career

Kevin Van PeltCorrespondent IMay 10, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21:  Manny Pacquiao attends a press conference announcing his upcoming World Boxing Organization welterweight championship fight against Timothy Bradley at The Beverly Hills Hotel on February 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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As we all know by now, Manny Pacquiao is not just a successful boxer, he is also a politician. He is currently a congressman for the district of Sarangani after winning 66-percent of the vote in the 2010 election. 

In 2013, Pacquiao will run for executive office, which will in sense end his boxing career. Pacquiao has had an excellent career and has nothing left to prove. Fans want to see him fight against Floyd Mayweather, who just defeated Miguel Cotto last weekend, but the fight has been stalled by both boxers. Pac-Man doesn't seem to be worried if he never fights Mayweather.

"I don't really need that fight," Pacquiao insisted. "If it happens, good, because it's what the fans want. But I'm happy with what I've done in boxing."

It is his life so he is free to do what he very well pleases. However, most of the boxing world probably thinks he needs this fight. Money May and Pacquiao are two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and we need to see how they will do against each other.

As a boxer, Pacquiao obviously wants to be the best in the world. He needs to prove that he is by having a fight with Mayweather. Don't get me wrong, Pac-Man has a resume that can stand on its own; however, he has lost three times in his career and Mayweather is undefeated. Pacquiao needs this fight for his legacy more than Mayweather does.

Mayweather may seem like he is running from the fight by refusing to fight Pacquiao because he thinks he is on steroids, which makes no sense since he fought Shane Mosley who admitted to taking steroids, but that is another story.

Pacquiao seems to be in the clear when it comes to avoiding Mayweather. However, his political career seems to be something good to hide behind. It is well known that in 2013 he will fun for executive office which puts the pressure on Mayweather to get something put together. Pacquiao has the excuse of getting ready for an election.

Both boxers are ducking each other and this hurts Pacquiao more than Mayweather. Pac-Man is at the top of his game and he has one big fight left in his career to prove that he is the best and that chance is getting thrown away. If he doesn't get the seat there might be some hope for the fight.

Pacquiao doesn't have much to prove and if his career ends after his fight against Timothy Bradley then we will applaud him on his way to the Hall of Fame. However, the fans would always wonder what could have been if Pacquiao waited longer to enter the world of politics.

As for now, it looks like politics is going to derail what is left of Pacquiao's great career.