The 37-year old received more than 16million votes from members of the public
Boxing great Manny Pacquiao moved a step closer to the presidency of the Philippines after winning a senate seat on Thursday.
At the proclamation ceremony, an elections commissioner introduced Pacquiao as the 'people's champion' and called out his name in the same slow style with which he used to be greeted in the ring prior to his world title bouts.
The Filipino super featherweight garnered more than 16million votes, make him the seventh most popular of the 12 new members of the senate, a traditional springboard to the presidency.
Earlier this year, he said that he planned to retire from boxing to become a full-time politician.
Asked if his next target is the presidency, Pacquiao smiled and said 'nothing, nothing, nothing' as he left the induction ceremony.