Pacquiao on his past meth use: ‘I was naive’

Pacquiao on his past meth use: ‘I was naive’

Pacquiao releases recent negative drug test results
Pacquiao shocked the sporting world in 2016 when he admitted using marijuana and shabu as a teenager.
Known for his rags-to-riches rise from street kid to one of the greatest pound-for-pound boxers of all time, he has made fighting drugs, corruption and poverty the key themes of his campaign to become president. ‘Man of destiny’
While victory for Pacquiao is not unrealistic in a country famed for its celebrity-obsessed politics, he faces a tough fight.
A leaked survey conducted in October by the Social Weather Stations reportedly showed Pacquiao in fourth place with just 9 percent of voter support.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was the top preference for president with 47 percent. He was followed by Vice President and leading opposition candidate Leni Robredo (18 percent) and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (13 percent).
Sitting in front of a teleprompter in his luxury mansion in Forbes Park, Pacquiao dismissed his poor showing and insisted his “Man of destiny “ campaign would go on.
“I’m not thinking about backing out,” he said as staff members hovered around his home in the enclave of billionaires in Makati City. ADVERTISEMENT
“The people will choose… I know that the people want change in this country; they want to stop this corruption, they want to have a prosperous country, and they want jobs,” he said. Controversial
His fans see the former boxer as living proof that success is possible for anyone who works hard, no matter their origins.
But as a politician and fervent evangelical Christian, Pacquiao has stirred controversy with his support for Mr. Duterte’s drug war and push to restore the death penalty, as well as his admission of past drug use, and previous homophobic comments.
Critics accuse the high-school dropout of lacking intellect and barely attending sessions in Congress, raising questions about his ability to govern.
And he risked political capital in a public falling out with Mr. Duterte, who rivals him for the affections of many Filipinos.
“He might be popular with the masses, but so are some of these other candidates,” said Ted Lerner, a US-born sports journalist in the Philippines, predicting a return to the ring for the boxing great. “Just look at the surveys—it doesn’t bode well at all for him.” ‘I’m done’
Whoever wins the presidency may have to grapple with an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into the drug war, which rights groups estimate has killed tens of thousands of mostly poor men.
Mr. Duterte, who yanked Manila out of the ICC after it launched a preliminary probe into his deadly antidrug campaign, has insisted it has no jurisdiction in the Philippines and he would not cooperate.
Asked if he would protect Mr. Duterte from prosecution if elected president, Pacquiao said he would “obey” the law, and was adamant that the Philippines was still a member of the ICC.
A glittering decadeslong career in the ring brought Pacquiao fame and fortune, as well as the vices of booze, gambling and infidelity that nearly wrecked his marriage before he found religion.
Two months after hanging up his gloves, Pacquiao said a comeback was not on the cards, even if he lost the election.
“I’m already turning 43 years old, so it’s enough for me. I’m done,” said the father of five.
Pacquiao has served as a celebrity endorser for products ranging from appliances to pizza and cars, hosted TV shows, and even founded his own cryptocurrency, the “PAC Token.”
If his presidential bid fails, he plans to add farmer to his CV, growing fruit on a 20-hectare property in the southern province of Sarangani.
“It’s also quiet [there], I like that,” he said, before opening his smartphone and playing a country music ballad. —AFP Subscribe to our daily newsletter By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy . Read Next

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