“We Miss You”- Manny Pacquiao Channels Inner Kobe Bryant Ahead of Facing Errol Spence Jr.

Published 07/09/2021, 8:30 AM EDT


Even a year after his demise, Kobe Bryant continues to inspire people all over the world, including boxing veteran Manny Pacquiao. The NBA legend who suffered a horrific helicopter crash last year disheartened the whole sports world with his untimely departure. However, ‘Mamba’, who has spread positivity with several life-changing lessons, remains immortal amongst sports fans.

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That said, 42-year-old ‘Pac-Man’ recently expressed his love and respect for the former Los Angeles Lakers star. Ahead of his welterweight title fight against Errol Spence Jr, the Filipino Senator expressed his mamba mentality with an eye-catchy social media post.

Manny Pacquiao was spotted sporting Kobe Bryant merchandise. While it overjoyed many NBA and boxing fans, the post seemingly turned several people emotional.

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In the caption, Pacquiao wrote, “#MambaMentality the next 6 weeks! We miss you Kobe and all that you taught us.”

Although Bryant is no longer amongst us, he had met Manny Pacquiao back in 2011. That said, the inspiration which Pacquiao derives from Kobe Bryant can be the added fuel to his fire.

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Manny Pacquiao will face an undefeated A-lister in Errol Spence Jr. Ahead of the bout, his mindset remains steady. The eight-division champion seems eager to fight and end Errol Spence Jr’s unbeaten streak.

When Kobe Bryant met Manny Pacquiao

A decade back, Bryant and Pacquiao met each other. While Manny Pacquiao was at California’s Wild Card Gym, NBA star Kobe Bryant visited the boxer. The legends interacted for a brief period in what was clearly an exceptional moment for the fans of both- boxing and basketball.

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Ten years later, a lot has changed. However, the 42-year-old, Pacquiao, is still an active athlete and is aiming to become a world champion again. That said, several athletes have constantly channelized the spirit of Kobe Bryant in different forms.

Do you think Manny Pacquiao will channel the late NBA great’s spirit in the right form and be successful in his next fight against Errol Spence Jr on August 21?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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