Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel Márquez is hoping to swap the ring for political office after announcing a run for congress in Mexico.
One of the sport's all-time greats announced last Thursday that he was officially entering the 2021 race for the Chamber of Deputies as a candidate for the Mexico City borough of Gustavo A. Madero.
The 47-year-old, who was world champion in four weight classes, is running under the Ecological Green Party of Mexico ticket in the June legislative elections.
'I'm going to deliver a knockout to corruption,' Márquez said during a press conference held in the Martín Carrera neighborhood.
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Mexican four division champion Juan Manuel Márquez (second from left) announced last Thursday that he was officially running under the Ecological Green Party of Mexico ticket for the Chamber of Deputies as a representative for the Mexico City borough of Gustavo A. Madero
Juan Manuel Márquez said he will use sport as a tool to 'support young people in Gustavo A. Madero,' the Mexico City borough that he hopes to represent if he is elected to the Chamber of Deputies in June
Márquez was inspired by rival Manny Pacquiao, who he fought on four separate occasions and who is serving as a Senator of the Philippines and as party president of the PDP–Laban party.
'I would like to work for the common good of the citizens, in this case where it corresponds me to do so,' Márquez said.
'And I did it in the ring against a fighter who is going to run for president of the Philippines, who was a representative, who is a senator and who may be President of the Philippines because he has done well and that serves as an example to be able to do it here,' said Márquez of Pacquiao, whom he knocked out for a win in Dec. 2012 following three.
The former champion hopes to gain the trust and backing of the same legion of fans that supported him for 21 years while working with parties across the isle.
'My commitment is to you and in this area will be supported by the installation of more boxing gyms, since we know that promoting sport is very important to support young people in Gustavo A. Madero,' Márquez said.
Juan Manuel Márquez announced last Thursday that he was officially entering the 2021 race for the Chamber of Deputies as a representative for the Mexico City borough of Gustavo A. Madero. He is pictured at the Latin Grammys in 2011.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Juan Manuel Márquez (left) says his former boxing rival Manny Pacquiao (right) has served as a political inspiration and believes he will one day become