Manny Pacquiao is getting into Erik Spoelstra's line of work. Pacquiao is taking over as a basketball coach in the Philippine Basketball Association. The longtime boxing champion was introduced this week as the coach of a new Kia team in that league, with the season opening in October. Even though Spoelstra is wildly popular in the Philippines, the coach of the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat might have just lost his title as that nation's favorite basketball coach. "Well, I'm not taking a boxing job," said Spoelstra, a Filipino American who has close ties to his mother's homeland. "But I know he's a huge basketball fan, so it doesn't surprise me." Pacquiao's love for basketball is no secret, and he told reporters in the Philippines this week that he was taking the coaching position seriously.
Manny Pacquiao To Coach In Philippine Basketball Association
ESPN | Jun 10