Boxer Manny Pacquiao to be player-coach in Philippine basketball league

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Who knows if Manny Pacquiao will ever fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. But as the fight world awaits a matchup that might never happen, Pacquiao announced Thursday that he’s trying something else. Pacquiao, who is 5 feet 6 1/2, signed on to be a player-coach for the expansion Kia Motors team in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Here’s the International Business Tribune:

Eight-division title holder Manny Pacquiao appears to be paving the way for his retirement from boxing after regaining the WBO welterweight title from erstwhile unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley on April 12.

On Thursday, Pacquiao announced that beginning Oct 21, he will be the playing coach of Kia Motors when the expanded team debuts at the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Kia was accepted in the PBA in April. …

He said he has not signed yet a contract with Kia, but considers the deal done.

There seems to be some confusion over whether Pacquiao — who’s 35 and a longtime basketball fan who often plays pickup games while training for fights — can unilaterally make such a move without going through the league’s rookie draft, where he could be picked up by any team in the PBA, the second-oldest pro league in the world after the NBA.

“They say the rules allow you to play for a team if you’re a playing coach,” he said, according to “So that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

Does Pacquiao have any sort of game? Decide for yourself.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.



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