Sports stars who became politicians

Manny Pacquiao has announced that he's running for president in the Philippines

Stars Insider

20/09/21 | StarsInsider


To become a top athlete, you have to train hard virtually non-stop. It requires absolute mastery over your body and mind. It is no wonder then that after some athletes' careers are over, they turn to another very intense profession: politics.

There is a reason people say that candidates "run for office." It takes stamina and devotion to reach the top, and athletes are already halfway there!

The world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao has recently announced his intention to run for president in the Philippines in 2022. In recent years, Pacquiao has been critical of the current President, Rodrigo Duterte, and the corruption infecting their government. In his announcement in September of 2021, Pacquiao stated his intention to take harsh action against political corruption if he wins. He is currently behind in the polls, with President Duerte's daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, in the lead. 

From Arnold Schwarzenegger to Jesse Ventura, click through to discover athletes-turned-politicians.


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