"Manny Pacquiao will be my senator in the 2016 elections," declared Tagbilaran Mayor Dan Lim.
Lim issued the statement after spending time with the Filipino pound-for-pound great last week.
The mayor said that Pacquiao has all the qualities of a leader that he is looking for.
"He is dedicated, humble, determined and sincere," Lim said.
The mayor said he wants Pacquiao to run in the 2013 senatorial derby but he can wait for 2016 if the National Fist desires to serve for another term as congressman.
Lim declared that if only Pacquiao were qualified, he would top the senatorial race hands down next year.
The only hitch is that the 30-year-old Pacquiao will still be ineligible.
Going by the same logic, Lim said that if only Pacquiao were eligible in the 2016 polls, he would make a good presidential candidate.
Lim brushed aside doubts about the boxer's ability and fitness for the position.
"I don't think anybody would doubt his dedication, his humility, his determination and his sincerity," the mayor added.
He anticipated that the only weak spot in Pacquiao's credentials would be his educational qualifications.
Lim however argued that the world's 6th richest athlete is pursuing his Business Administration degree at Notre Dame University at present and is expected to graduate in 2011.
The mayor revealed that Pacquiao has plans to take up Law after finishing his baccalaureate degree.
"I have no doubts that he will not only become a lawyer but a good one when the time comes," Lim, himself a mayor, declared.
The mayor said that Pacquiao gives the same dedication and commitment to his studies as he does to his boxing training.
Lim also noted that the holder of a record six world crowns in different weights has a sharp mind contrary to the beliefs of many who look down on him.
"His native intelligence will make him catch up with the lost years in school," he added.
The mayor said he is impressed with Pacquiao's sincerity and humility in spite of the successes he has achieved.
Lim also took note that the most popular Filipino athlete adopts the same determination to anything he does.
"Another thing, Pacquiao has the heart that few people have," he added.
Lim said Pacquiao himself pointed out that while there are many good boxers, he beat them all because he has the heart of a champion who is not afraid to get hit to get the job done.
"Above anything else, he has the humility to give God the credit for all the good things he has in life," the mayor noted.
Lim said that regardless of what other people say, Pacquiao always insists he is where he now because of God's provisions.
"God loves to bless people who give Him the glory," the mayor concluded.