Where and when will Manny Pacquiao’s presidential bid end? It all depends on the Big Man upstairs, according to the Senator for the province of Sarangani.
The former boxing champ said on Monday (March 28) that he would withdraw from the race if he gets an “instruction” from God to drop his bid, reported CNN Philippines.
“Sino ba naman ako para kontrahin ang Panginoon? ‘Pag may conviction, may ipinakita sa akin ang Panginoon, eh mag-withdraw ako kahit two days before election or one day before election. ‘Pag may instruction ang Panginoon sa akin, susundin ko,” said the 43-year-old, who ranked fourth in Pulse Asia’s February survey on the presidential race
(Who am I to go against God? If there is conviction, if God shows it to me, I will withdraw even one or two days before the elections. If God has an instruction for me, I will follow.)
Asked what sign he would seek from God regarding his candidacy, Pacquiao alluded to occasions when he dreamed about his defeats in boxing: “May mga pinagsasabihan ako bago maganap ‘yung laban, at exactly ‘yung sinabi ko na panaginip ko, ‘yun ang exactly na nangyari sa fight.”
(I shared these things to some people before the fight, and what I dreamed about was what exactly happened during the fight.)
Pacquiao maintained that he does not back out of fights “inside and outside the ring.” He also advised those insinuating he will quit to join his campaign instead because he plans to help the poor.
The Catholic-turned-Evangelical has openly declared his faith on many occasions, and claims that God speaks to him in his dreams.