While WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is getting ready on his Nov. 22 title defense against Chris Algieri, he’s also taking steps to preserve the sport’s future.
During a media tour to promote his fight with Algieri, Pacquaio has partnered with Chinese company and the government to set up an institution in his name, according to a story with the Associated Press. Pacquaio said the institute will start in Bejing and spread throughout China.
This will add to “Pac Man’s” plate. The champion, who is also a congressional representative, is scheduled to coach a new professional Philippines basketball team starting in October.
Whether you like him or not, you have to admit that this is a great thing that Pacquiao is doing. While China has produced some great boxers, kickboxers and MMA fighters over the years, this will give more kids – boys and a girls – chance to build their own destinies, which is one of the things I love about combat sports.
Although Pacquiao says he can handle a full workload, I’m sure there will be some trainers who will work at the academy to help lighten the burden.
Hopefully Pac Man’s academy does expand throughout the rest of China – and possibly the entire Asian continent.
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