When NBA Star Lebron James Revealed Why It’s Hard to Bet Against Manny Pacquiao

Published 09/29/2021, 12:00 PM EDT


Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest and most popular boxers of his generation. And due to his incredible performances inside the ring, Pacquiao has garnered fans from all over the world.

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Two such people are LeBron James and Drake, who are both big Manny Pacquiao fans. Back in 2011, when the Philippine boxer was all set to take on Shane Mosley. James and Drake praised the fighter and talked about how they were confident that Pacquiao will win the fight.

In an interview before the fight, NBA superstar LeBron James and rapper Drake spoke about who they were supporting. “Um, you know, my head coach is a huge Manny Pacquiao fan man, and you know, it’s hard to bet against him.”

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“He’s definitely one of the fastest, quickest guys we have in boxing today. But we’ll see, you can never count out Sugar Shane either, and you never know in a boxing match, all it takes is one punch.” LeBron said.

Drake 0n the other hand gave a rather short answer, saying, “I’d probably say Pacquiao all day, you know. I mean, that’s family, so yeah.” Pacquiao proved both of them right as he outclassed ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley for 12 rounds. Pacquiao won the fight via unanimous decision to retain his WBO welterweight title.

Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao knocked the 39-year-old veteran down in the third round of the fight. After Pacquiao stunned Mosley, Sugar Shane could not put up any significant attacks against the champion.

LAS VEGAS – JUNE 28: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines poses with his belts after he knocks out David Diaz during the ninth round of the WBC Lightweight Championship at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on June 28, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Manny Pacquiao retires from Boxing

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Fight fans close your eyes. One of the most entertaining boxers of the modern era has announced his retirement from the sport. Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement from boxing on Wednesday 29 September.

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“I just heard the final bell. Boxing is over,” said an emotional Pacquiao. “I never thought this day would come as I hang up my boxing gloves.” Pacquiao retires from boxing to run for the presidency in the Philippines in 2022.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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