Pacquiao plans to run for governor in 2013

Posted at 09/07/2011 8:07 PM | Updated as of 09/07/2011 8:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Fighting Congressman Manny Pacquiao of Sarangani province is seeking a higher government position in 2013.

The 8-division champion plans to run for governor in the 2013 local elections.

Pacquiao didn't deny the report when this was brought up in an interview with ESPN Sports Center.

When asked if it’s if boxing is easier than politics, Pacquiao said: “It’s very tough to be a public servant and to serve people.”

He, however, said he can handle the job even as he continues his boxing career.

“I believe I can handle that, and [at the same time] I can still focus on boxing,” said Pacquiao.

Pacquiao, who is set to face Juan Manuel Marquez in a rematch on November 12, also shared his experience as a public servant in the Philippines.

“Being congressman in the Philippines added more responsibilities in my life, compared to my life as a boxer. I have to manage my time,” he said.

“It's good to be a public servant especially in the Philippines, [where] a lot of people need help from the government,” Pacquiao added.