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Manny Pacquiao's weekend fight sets up 2022 Thrilla in Manila

Boxer-turned-senator is shaping up for a shot at the presidency

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Manny Pacquiao attends a news conference in Las Vegas on Aug. 18: the boxing sensation has emerged as a potential ally for the anti-Duterte opposition.   © AP

Richard Heydarian is an Asia-based academic, columnist and author of "The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy" and the "The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery."

I will be getting up early on Sunday to join millions of my countrymen and women in watching our national obsession: boxing. Specifically, would-be president Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao's last fight as he returns to the ring after a two-year absence to reclaim his world super welterweight crown.

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