Earlier this off-season there were reports about former New York Knicks' forward Metta World Peace heading to China to continue his basketball career. Now Manny Pacquiao claims he wants to sign World Peace to his Filipino team.
Most people know Manny Pacquiao for his skills in the boxing ring. Little know how extremely influential he is in the Philippines. Besides being an athlete, Pacquiao is also an actor, musician and politics. He's not only a member of the House of Representatives in the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani.
The former New York Knicks forward is a friend of Pacquiao and would obviously be a welcome addition to the 5'6" boxer's roster. Abac Cordero of The Philippine Star reports that Pacquiao has already started courting World Peace to join him in the PBA.
Pacquiao said if Artest’s schedule permits, he would talk him into playing in the PBA. He sounded so confident of his plan.
“Okay yun. Kaibigan ko yun (He’s my friend),” said Pacquiao of the 6-foot-7 star, who showed up in a press conference in Beverly Hills to announce the Filipino’s fight against Miguel Cotto in 2009.
“Kailangan namin ng magaling na import (We need a good import),” he added.
So basically, Pacquiao and World Peace are friends so the little man with clout thinks his large friend should come join him on the court and win some games. Sounds like glorified CYO pick-up games doesn't it?
Well, regardless of the legitimacy of Pacquiao's team or the PBA itself, the biggest problem with this idea is that World Peace already has a contract for next season. He's scheduled to play for the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
It's possible that there's an out clause in his Chinese contract but that's currently unknown. They don't even have championship games the have cups. Then again, maybe World Peace will join Pacquiao's team after the Chinese season ends. Clearly there's no straight path for World Peace joining Pacquiao in the Philippines.
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