There are several similarities between boxing and politics. For instance, they both require the ability to stay strong in the face of opposition. And there have been men with a boxing background that have entered politics. Therefore, who are the top 5 boxers who became politicians?
5. John McCain
John McCain is a resilient man that was in the Navy for 22 years. And he survived a horrific experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He also was a tough and strong lightweight boxer at the U.S. Naval Academy.
McCain is a senior United States Senator for Arizona. And he has been in the U.S. Senate for 25 years. Yet, he is a passionate boxing fan. McCain has been involved in legislation related to boxing such as the Professional Boxing Safety Act and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act.
4. Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt was the President of the United States of America from 1901 to 1909. And he was a boxer at Harvard University. He made a name for himself in several boxing tournaments because of his grit and determination.
Former American President Roosevelt loved the sport of boxing. And he had a boxing ring installed in the White House. He was a bold and courageous man that was not afraid of anyone or anything. Likewise, former President Roosevelt sparred with former heavyweight champion John Sullivan at the White House.
3. Vitali Klitschko
Vitali Klitschko has dominated the heavyweight division. He fights tall and he knows how to use his reach advantage. Klitschko also has excellent ring generalship, a granite chin and good punching power. He has won 41 of his 47 boxing matches by knockout.
Klitschko wants to fix the political system in his home country, the Ukraine. He wants to eliminate the corruption that exists in Ukraine politics. "I've spent six years in Ukrainian politics and a lot of time and energy. I am very serious. I want to help my people. I want to help my country," Klitschko said. He is running for a seat in Ukraine's parliament and the elections are scheduled for October 28th.
2. Alexis Arguello
Alexis "The Explosive Thin Man" Arguello was rated as the greatest junior lightweight of all-time by Ring Magazine. He weighed 135 pounds in his prime and he hit as hard as a man twice his size. And he was an exciting fighter to watch. Arguello also was in several memorable battles such as his bouts with Aaron Pryor and Ray Mancini.
Arguello got involved in politics in his home country of Nicaragua and he joined the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN). Arguello became the mayor of Managua, Nicaragua on November 9, 2008. He narrowly won the election by attaining 51.30 percent of the vote.
1. Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao is the most popular active boxer in the world. And he is an eight-time division world champion that has won 10 world titles. He has mesmerizing hand speed, tremendous punching power and an insatiable work ethic.
Pacquiao is passionate about politics and helping people in the Philippines. On May 13, 2010, he became congressman of the lone district of Sarangani. He won the election by a landslide victory. He now has bigger plans because he wants to run for governor of Sarangani Province in 2013.
Loren Robinson has watched and studied boxing for the past 12 years. He has written for boxing websites such as boxingnews24.com, eastsideboxing.com and pinoygreats.com. You can find more of his writing at the site www.lorenrobinson.com or you can follow him on Twitter, @PowerofWords22
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