Manny Pacquiao prides himself on keeping busy. But this might be stretching it a little too far.
The welterweight champion boxer and congressman from the Philippines is taking on a new challenge — coaching professional basketball.
Pacquiao was named coach of the expansion team in the Philippine Basketball Association that is owned by Kia Motors and is one of three expansion teams that will begin play this fall.
Pacquiao, 35, an avid basketball fan and player, said he will be able to handle his new responsibilities.
“It’s all about time management and self-discipline,” Pacquiao said Tuesday in Manila.
The PBA season begins Oct. 19. Pacquiao has plans to fight in China in late November. Plus, there are his congressional duties. So it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
One thing is certain. The Kia Motors team will probably train harder than any team in the league. Don’t be shocked if Pacquiao employs some of his drills he uses in Freddie Roach’s gym to prepare for the start of the season.
“I could use my experience as a boxer, especially in training. The players need to get ready,” he said.
■ ‘FREE’ LODGING — The World Cup begins today, and the Brazilian government is making an offer few should be willing to take it up on — a place to stay for nothing.
Of course, there’s a catch. This lodging is called prison, and it will be home to any soccer hooligans who attempt to disrupt the World Cup.
The Mirror newspaper of London was given a tour of the jails, believed to have some of the worst conditions in the world.
Inmates are herded like cattle into large holding pens with hardened criminals running the cells and where disease, namely tuberculosis, gets spread among the inmates.
In the end, it really isn’t free. After bail and likely fines, the hooligans figure to be out several hundred dollars. That’s a lot of pints of beer going into some corrupt official’s pocket.
■ CABANA FOOTBALL — The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a page from the Arizona Diamondbacks and Miami Marlins playbooks and are building a pool party deck at the recently renovated EverBank Field.
There will be two pools and 16 cabanas in the north end zone. The cabanas are stocked with food and drink and TV sets and seating for 50. The cost is $12,500 a game.
Chad Johnson, the team’s senior vice president of sales, told ESPN.com the team has sold 65 percent of the cabanas for the 2014 season.
“We’re targeting businesses who want to entertain some of their clients or even their own employees,” Johnson said. “What we’ve built here you can’t get anywhere else.
“We wanted to take areas in our stadium that were under-performing and get creative. It’s no secret that we’ve had tarps on seats, so we wanted to turn that around and build premium areas.”
Of course, there is another way to get people to come to Jaguars games, like putting a winning football team on the field. But if you’re going to watch the Jags lose, you might as well do it in style.
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