CHINA has asked Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao to train Chinese boxers as Beijing expressed its determination to develop professional boxers to make a mark in the global boxing arena.
Pacquiao has accepted the challenge and will be shuttling from Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, to coach Chinese fighters.
The Filipino champ’s long-time business manager Eric Pineda, who represented the Sarangani congressman in Sunday’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) rookie draft in Manila, said China is really determined to develop its professional boxing.
“China wanted to develop professional boxing because they really like to have future world champions. That’s why they established many boxing schools there,” Pineda told The Manila Times. “The Chinese officials are very grateful to learn that Manny is also interested,” he added.
Pacquiao, 35, attended a meeting with a group of Chinese officials in Beijing on Saturday to discuss his involvement in the training of Chinese youth. The Sarangani lawmaker had said he is willing to share his experience with aspiring Chinese boxers.
Pineda said China’s boxing academies boast of state-of-the-art training facilities, sparring venues and proper boxing programs.
“With Pacquiao’s involvement, China has a bright future in boxing,” the business manager, who accompanied Pacquiao to Beijing on Saturday, added.
He said Pacquiao is considered as a “global ambassador of boxing” in China.|
Also now a PBA playing head coach for the KIA Motors team, the Filipino boxer is scheduled to fight unbeaten American Chris Algieri (20-0 with eight knockouts) on November 22 at the Cotai Arena in Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.