Everything You Need To Know About Manny Pacquiao’s Basketball Career In PBA


Manny Pacquiao ranks among the greatest fighters of this generation. The eight division champion has had a brilliant boxing career. He left the sport as one of the most respected fighters of all time. Pacquiao’s brilliance wasn’t confined to boxing alone, he garnered immense attention for his stint in politics and other verticals.

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Many know that Pacquiao was also an elite basketball player, however, what do you really know about his time in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)?

“Pac Man” was drafted by Kia Picanto as the 11th pick in the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft. Boxing’s elite was also named the team’s game coach.

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He played nine games and averaged 0.78 points, 0.44 rebounds and 0.22 assists in 5.78 minutes of action.

On top of that, Pacquiao’s career high was 4 points against Elite in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

The Filipino senator also starred in the 2016 PBA All-Star Week Stalwarts and Greats exhibition match. Here, the boxing icon scored 9 points – 7 in the first half for the winning Stalwarts team. Later, in 2018, “Pac Man” left PBA to focus on his boxing career as well as another basketball league.

Manny Pacquiao is always absorbed in multiple activities and he is also a good multitasking. That is why, alongside his boxing career, the veteran was able to focus on other areas of life as well. But above all, his love for basketball went beyond borders. And “Pac Man” has always taken the time to show off his skills on the pitch.

Manny Pacquiao could collide with Floyd Mayweather at basketball show

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Mayweather and Pacquiao are two of basketball’s biggest fans. And outside of boxing, the duo are always looking to enjoy live basketball fixtures or even play the sport in their spare time.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a left at Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship fight on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello / Getty Images)

That said, a few months ago it was reported that Mayweather and Pacquiao would face each other again, not inside the ring but on the basketball court for a charity match. Additionally, the schedule for this game was posted for December itself. But so far there is no concrete news about it.

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It will be interesting to see if the two mainstays go head to head in a different game for their fans.

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