Manny Pacquiao Poised to Win Philippines Senate Election

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Manny Pacquiao, who rose from fighting for a few pesos so his mother could afford rice to become a record eight-division boxing world champion, is on the brink of being elected to the Philippines Senate thanks to his pugilistic fame.

Manny Pacquaio arrives to the cheers of hundreds of fans upon his arrival at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in preparation for his May 2 bout with Floyd Mayweather. (Credit: Las Vegas News Bureau)

Manny Pacquaio arrives to the cheers of hundreds of fans upon his arrival at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in preparation for his May 2 bout with Floyd Mayweather. (Credit: Las Vegas News Bureau)

Pacquiao, 37, a congressman in the country since 2010, representing the Sarangani province he calls home, stands in eighth place in his country’s national election that will fill 12 new Senate seats.

With more than 91% of the votes counted Tuesday in the Philippines, according to Rappler.com, Pacquiao’s 14,952,141 votes are more than two million more than the 13th-place candidate.

Pacquiao balanced his congressional work while participating in major pay-per-view bouts against the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley, training both in the Philippines and Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.

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