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Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao drafts himself onto his own team to be player/coach

Aug 26, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

Manny Pacquiao AP

Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is so big in his native Philippines that whatever he wants, he gets. He wants to be a senator, he gets voted in.

He also coaches a professional basketball team, the Kia Motors team. I guess he does that in between his senatorial duties and training to put his World Boxing Organization welterweight title on the line against Chris Algieri on November 23 in Macau.

All that wasn’t enough, apparently. He wanted to go full Bill Russell player/coach approach so he drafted himself. At age 35. Here’s the report via the Los Angeles Times.

That’s right. With the 10th overall pick in the 2014 Philippine Basketball Assn. rookie draft, Kia Motors selected its coach. Apparently, the plan all along was for Pacquiao to serve as a player-coach, but he needed to go through the draft in order to make that happen….

Continuing to focus on the familiar, Kia Motors went on to select its coach’s cousin, Rene Pacquiao, in the third round. Rene played at Southwestern University of Cebu and spent time in the Philippines’ D-League.

I don’t see what could possibly go wrong here.

I do know Manny Pacquiao is a huge basketball, specifically Boston Celtics, fan. He had a fight scheduled the night of Game 7 between the Celtics and Heat a couple years ago and wouldn’t step into the ring until it was over (he then took the distaste of that outcome out on his opponent).

My knowledge of the Philippines league is limited, but I know a marketing ploy when I see one. And when you make marketing moves over smart moves, well, your minor league baseball. But whatever sells tickets.

  1. wamj2008 - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    I know nothing about boxing but I’m pretty sure that’s Oscar de la Hoya.

  2. titansbro - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Your, you’re. What’s the difference right?

    • raysfan1 - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Only in days of yore.

  3. goldmember21 - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Manny P is wearing an oscar de la Hoya costume

  4. cbking05 - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    I think that’s Manny in the hat …

  5. azmello - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    I am thoroughly convinced they’re doing this on purpose now. There’s just no way.

  6. mackcarrington - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    People who read this story after they changed the picture will think you guys are nuts.

  7. goldmember21 - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:31 AM


  8. retxedfred - Aug 27, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    Plus Manny is a Congressman, not a Senator.

  9. wallio - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Well we now know the Philippines league doesn’t drug test…..

  10. antistratfordian - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Manny is a boss of all bosses and only such a boss can draft themselves. Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson approve. National hero, boxer, politician, singer, actor, first round draft pick in a professional basketball league. Insane.

    The PBA is not a small time deal in the Philippines. It’s serious business. But Manny is so beloved that it’s all good.

    Floyd Mayweather will never be a professional basketball player or a national hero.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Pacquiao is a product of steroids.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        So is Mayweather. All of the boxers probably are or have been at some point. It’s boxing. The whole thing is shady.

  11. sonnysuave - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    I don’t know how anyone can’t be a fan of Pacquiao. He sets high aspirations & reaches them… mostly to honor & uplift his country… stays incredibly humble (ever listen to his interviews? English is terrible & funny to listen to his accent… but there’s not one prideful bone in his body)… is the most down-to-earth celebrity you’ll ever see (always has time for fans & even invites them to his own house)… and is always in such a happy mood that’s kinda contagious. Really good guy… regardless of all his accolades.

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