Manny Pacquiao is both a boxer and politician but he’s not the first and won’t be the last athlete to change course and pursue their political ambitions.
Manny Pacquiao is set to take on Mexican Juan Manuel Márquez in an epic trilogy battle which could have a bearing on both his boxing career and his political aspirations.
If he wins, he might stay around for one more pay day, before heading back to the Philippines to assume his role as congressman of his wife’s hometown of Sarangani.
And if he loses, he might call time on his storied boxing career and traipse back to his homeland.
Over the years, there have been a host of athletes who mostly after retiring from their respective sports have had an epiphany and chose to seek out a career in politics.
Some successfully and some not, somewhat like their sporting careers.
Here’s a look at some athletes who turned politicians.