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Manny Pacquiao, Metta World Peace, and Basketball

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Manny Pacquiao is a ten-time boxing world champion in eight different weight divisions. He’s arguably one of the best boxers of all time. His 2007 knockout of Oscar De La Hoya made him a star across the world. His bouts against Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and an epic four-fight series with Juan Manuel Marquez made him a fan favorite. Not only did he win, but it was usually a firefight from bell to bell. When you see and hear about Pacquiao, you think of boxing not basketball.

 

Pacquiao stands at 5’6″, and doesn’t have a freakishly long reach. He began his career in the flyweight division (114.6lb. max) and now fights as high as 154lbs. There is nothing about his physical makeup that suggests he would make a good basketball player, or even a mediocre one. That hasn’t stopped him from taking on a role as player and coach of the newly formed Kia Sorentos in the Philippine Basketball Association.  With the 11th overall pick in the 2014 PBA draft, Kia Sorentos took Pacquiao, positioned as a guard. How much playing time he gets remains to be seen (the season hasn’t started yet), but he is expected to be a member of the team both on and off the court. 

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