Philippines boxing great Pacquiao now congressman

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Philippines boxing great Pacquiao now congressman

ALABEL, Philippines - World champion boxer Manny Pacquiao was sworn in as congressman of his impoverished Philippine province on Monday, vowing to be even more effective in government than he is in the ring.

Trading his gloves for a traditional formal shirt, Pacquiao was among local officials who took their oaths of office in the capital of Sarangani Province, where he knocked out an entrenched political clan in the May 10 elections.

“I will be more effective in politics than in boxing,” he told the crowd of 3,000 after the ceremonies. The 31-year-old fighter said he would work on improving infrastructure, medical services and security during his three-year term in parliament. Pacquiao, who is regarded as a national hero in the boxing crazy Philippines, has said he can continue to fight even while serving as a legislator.

Boxing promoters are working to arrange a bout between Pacquiao and American Floyd Mayweather in November, to settle once and for all the fighters’ claim to be the best fighter, pound-for-pound, of their generation.

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