Manny Pacquiao, Nobel Peace Prize winner? It could happen if a prominent Filipino leader in Canada has his way.
Tom Avendano, the president of Multicultural Helping House Society in British Columbia, said the boxer would be the perfect candidate for the peace award. He said Pacquiao, whose status in his native Philippines has reached icon levels, "helps reduce crime rate every time he fights in the ring.”
Avendano said, "Every time Pacquiao has a fight, Filipinos all over the world are united.” He said “no Filipino has done what Manny Pacquiao has done” in terms of uniting warring factions in politics and insurgency in the Philippines.
He said ceasefires between the rebels and government forces have been called during Pacquiao's fights, and the crime rate drops to zero. "No Filipino has done that, and no one can do what he has been doing."
All of this would seem to fit Alfred Nobel's criteria that his Peace Prize should be given to the person who “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
The government is considering naming Pacquiao, who is also a Congressman in the Philippines, as negotiator in a peace panel with leftist rebels.
The 31-year-old Pacquiao is the first man to win eight world boxing titles in as many weight divisions.