One of the greatest boxers of this generation, Manny Pacquiao, is more or less done with his duties in the "sweet science." But don't expect the longtime pugilist-turned-Philippine Senator to rest on his laurels. Not when there are drug traffickers to hunt down and execute.
In a speech that earned praise from his peers despite the divergence in opinion, Pacquiao underscored the urgency of reinstating the death penalty for convicted drug traffickers, calling the offense among "the most heinous" of crimes that destroys lives and families.
"We need to clarify that from then until now, the Constitution never barred the imposition of the death penalty, especially in the eyes of God," said Pacquiao.
"The death penalty is lawful, moral and sanctioned governmental action. Having read the Bible on a regular basis, I am convinced that God is not just a God of mercy, but also a God of justice," said the boxer and Christian preacher.
After a brutal 2012 fight campaign left him on the heels of back-to-back losses, Pacquiao, 37, rebounded with three consecutive wins, good enough to earn him a much-coveted super fight against undefeated icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. The Filipino came up short against "Money," but came back to win his trilogy with Timothy Bradley.