Manny Pacquiao thinking about owning an NBA team in the future

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 20, 2019 07:46 PM
Manny Pacquiao thinking about owning an NBA team
Manny Pacquiao is considering investing on an NBA team in the future. Which NBA team could that be? (FILE PHOTO)

Eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao could become a fixture in NBA sidelines in the future. 

The reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion says that he's thinking about becoming a part-owner of an NBA franchise once he finally hangs his gloves up for good. 

In an interview with TMZ Sports, the 40-year old Filipino boxing icon said that investing in an NBA team is something that has definitely crossed my mind. 

"I'm thinking about that," Pacquiao said with a smile.

Pacquiao, of course, is the man behind the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League or MPBL, an upstart basketball league in the Philippines that is steadily rising in popularity. 

Now in its third season, the MPBL features 31 teams from across the country and it has given a number of Pinoy hoopers a platform to shine. 

"Actually, I own a league in the Philippines, which is so popular right now in the Philippines, the MPBL, you can Google it, you can search it on the internet," Pacquiao shared. 

An avid hoops fan, Pacquiao has dabbled in owning a team before in the Philippine Basketball Association, the country's longest-running basketball league. In fact, the boxing star has even played a couple of games professionally as well. 

While Pacquiao may be in the last chapter of his storied boxing career, he still continues to compete at the highest level of the sport, and is in fact about to challenge undefeated American Keith "One Time" Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas this coming Saturday, July 20th (Sunday, July 21st). 

When the sun finally sets on his storied boxing career, it looks like "Pacman" already has some plans for the future. 


You can catch the MPBL on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23. 


Don't miss the action! Catch Manny Pacquiao challenge Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship LIVE on SKY PPV this coming Sunday, July 21st! Follow the blow-by-blow coverage on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 starting at 11:00 AM! 

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The fight will also be available in the Middle East on

ABS-CBN channel 2's free TV telecast will begin at 10 am. Replay will be at 3:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23. 

The entire bout will be available on iWant beginning Monday, July 22.


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