Filipino boxing hero Pacquiao meets Obama

Filipino boxer and congressman Manny Pacquiao speaks at a press conference with US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at the Capitol in Washington. Pacquiao met with President Barack Obama and Reid during a White House visit Tuesday. (AFP)

Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao met with American President Barack Obama and US Senator Harry Reid during a White House visit Tuesday.

Pacquiao, who won an election in his native Philippines and now represents Sarangani province, posed for pictures and exchanged gifts with Obama. Pacquiao was accompanied by his wife Jinkee.

Nine months ago Pacquiao entered and won his riding in the Philippines national elections and is working on improving the infrastructure in the province by building hospitals and upgrading schools.

The eight-division world champion invited Obama to his next fight, in Las Vegas on May 7, when Pacquiao will take on American Shane Mosley. Obama gave Pacquiao a watch with the presidential seal on it.

Last year, Pacquiao helped campaign for Reid, who did some boxing in his youth.

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