And you thought he was just a boxing legend, politician, actor and singer
Manny Pacquiao has many titles — boxing legend, third-term Congressman, movie star, pop singer and professional basketball coach.
Wait, make that basketball player-coach.
Pacman, as he’s dubbed, was picked up as a player by the Philippine Basketball Association’s Kia Motors team in the first round of Sunday’s draft, according to Sports Illustrated. There are no firm reports on how much sway Pacquiao actually has over the team’s selections, but he has been Kia’s coach since June, according to Bleacher Report.
The Internet responded to the news in jocular fashion.
Manny Pacquiao is the James Franco of the Philippines I cannot wait until he starts doing performance art.—
Pepe Diokno (@PepeDiokno) August 27, 2014
WE NOW LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE MANNY PACQUIAO IS A BOXER, CONGRESSMAN, ACTOR, AND PRO BASKETBALL PLAYER.—
Jay-Em Estrella (@space_racer) August 24, 2014
The 35-year-old icon might have seen his stint as a player coming, however. One Philippine news source claimed earlier this week that the boxer-Congressman had literally dreamed about dominating the basketball court and dunking over his rivals three years ago.
Considering the welterweight is only 5 ft. 6 in. tall, the dunking part is likely to remain a dream.