Manny Pacquiao Wants To Teach Warriors Star Klay Thompson “How To Fight”

Published 07/31/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
Klay Thompson participates in a Golden State Warriors practice at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 before Thursday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)


The Golden State Warriors are having a rough time with injuries and roster changes. It all started with their star player Klay Thompson getting benched in 2019 due to an injury. Ever since then, Steph Curry is heading the team without his Splash partner.

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Klay, who suffered a serious ACL injury two seasons back, is probably making a comeback in the 2021-22 season. The 3-time NBA champion was spotted back in training and rebuilding his form. Well, this time, Klay has a famous gym partner – Manny Pacquiao.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his split-decision victory over Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Manny Pacquiao is eager to learn Klay’s skillset

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Pacquiao recently posted a few photographs on Instagram of him and the Warriors star at the Wild Card Gym. The caption read, Nice to have Klay Thompson at Wild Card Gym today! I told Klay I would teach him how to fight if he’ll teach me how to shoot.”

Well, that would be an interesting exchange of talent!


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Klay Thompson is sweating out in training sessions for a strong comeback

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Pacquiao, popularly known as PacMan, is up for a title fight against Errol Spence Jr. PacMan is one of the greatest boxers of all time having bagged 12 major world titles. The welterweight boxer hasn’t been in the ring for an entire 2020 year. However, after a long dry spell, he is giving his everything to take this win home.

On the other hand, his new guest in the gym, Klay Thompson is also preparing for a similar return to the league. It’s yet to be calculated that how well Klay finds his previous form. Moreover, with a young roster getting built, he is yet to get in sync with his teammates and their playing strategy.

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson celebrate after a Curry score in the third quarter during Game 7 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

It’s been a long time that Warriors fans haven’t witnessed their power-packed duo Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the court together. The arrival of their shooting guard will decide the Warriors’ fate as contenders.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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