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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, May 10, 2010

Boxer Pacquiao waits on decision from Philippines voters

Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines Manny Pacquiao is waiting on a decision in the Philippine elections.

Filipinos voted Monday as the world welterweight boxing champion seeks a seat in his country's Congress for the second time. Pacquiao lost a race in 2007. His political party is called the People's Champ Movement.

The boxer is trying to join other Filipino celebrities and former athletes who have won seats in Congress the past two decades. His opponent, 61-year-old Roy Chiongbian, is from a politically powerful family.

The 31-year-old Pacquiao is considered the world's best pound-for-pound boxer. His popularity in the Philippines includes a side career as a singer.