Presidential candidate Sen. Manny Pacquiao is among those being eyed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to be his running mate in the upcoming elections but the world-boxing champ rejected the idea.

Speaking in an interview over TeleRadyo, Sen. Imee Marcos said that their  preference is very obvious.

“We have the so-called Solid North. We’re strong in the North. Bongbong is also strong in the National Capital Region in one way or another as well as Region 8. But we are a bit scared when it comes to Mindanao,” she said. 

“So, naturally we’re tending towards the Mindanao and VisMin candidates,” she added.

“So, if  Sen. Pacquiao will slide down, he’s from Mindanao, he’s also super popular  and he’s also their friends although there’s been slight attacks sometimes,” said Imee.

She emphasized they’re not onion-skinned. “We know it’s because of the elections, it’s OK,” she further stated.

The former senator, who is seeking the presidency under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, is a front runner in various post-election surveys. Pacquiao, also vying for the  country’s highest post, is not faring well in surveys.

While Marcos has no vice-presidential bet up to this time, Pacquiao’s is slugging out the presidency, along with Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza. The two are running under the banner of Promdi, an alliance of PDP- Laban. 

Aside from ensuring votes in the South, Sen. Marcos said her brother is looking for a running mate he can get along with well.

“It’s not all about the votes. He needs someone he also considers a friend to a certain degree,” she added. 

Pacquiao said while he was flattered that several  camps are asking him to be their VP,  he said it  requires the presidency to fulfill his promises to the poor.

Spending several years in Public service,  both in local and national levels, he saw firsthand the problems of the country and the wide gap between the rich and the poor. 

“Our time is now to win for the poor. We are seeing that our grassroot support is growing everyday while moving around the country,” he said. 

“Although I am touched and extremely honored. Tuloy ang laban natin sa pagka-Pangulo. Para sa pagbabago at para sugpuin  ang corruption na lumalala sa bansa. I will not fail the people,” vowed Pacquiao 

Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, national  chairman of the Pacquiao wing in PDP-Laban, said the “Bongbong-Manny” tandem may just be part of psywar. He called it “negative  psychology.”

“And then MP already has a serious partner and running mate in the person of LA. (Lito Atienza).”

“MP and (the) Marcoses are worlds apart in their analysis of what ails our country. That MP Express Train has left the station and will triumphantly arrive at its destination at the proper time,” pointed out Pimentel. 

Pimentel was obviously referring to the hardline stance of Pacquiao, who earlier called on the Marcoses to return their ill-gotten wealth.