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Manny Pacquiao officially wins Senate seat, wants to fight in Olympics

Pacquiao will take office on June 30, and says he will ask the people if he should fight in the Olympics.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

As was expected once the vote totals started rolling in following Monday's election in the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao has officially won a Senate seat in his country, finishing in seventh place overall, with the top 12 all winners.

Pacquiao, 37, served as a Congressman starting in 2010, and first ran for that seat in 2007, losing by a wide margin. In 2010, he won the seat on about the same margin of victory as he'd lose the first time, and ran unopposed in 2013. He formally declared that he wound run for Senate last October, and it is believed that his ultimate goal is a bid for President.

Pacquiao, who totaled over 16 million votes in the election, is also still considering fighting for his country in the 2016 Olympics this summer in Rio, saying he'll have to ask the people of the Philippines if they would allow him to do so. Professional boxers are clear to participate for the first time this year, which has been a controversial idea to say the least. Few if any notables are expected to go to Rio, but Pacquiao has made clear he would like to represent his country if the opportunity arises.

Pacquiao will assume office on June 30. He last fought on April 9, beating Timothy Bradley Jr in their third fight, and for now, is considered retired from pro boxing.

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