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‘Pac-Man’ Forecasts Victory in Philippine Poll Fight

Manny Pacquiao, the boxing champion vying to become a Philippine congressman, said he’s confident of winning his first election victory after switching his candidacy to one of the nation’s poorest provinces.

“Pac-Man,” a national icon who escaped childhood poverty to win world titles and earn more than $10 million a fight, is promising to improve schools, hospitals and welfare in Sarangani in the southern Philippines. He lost a 2007 bid for a seat in the neighboring province of South Cotabato, where he grew up.