Pacquiao Invited To Spend Time With The Miami Heat

Erik Spoelstra would like Manny Pacquiao to come hang out with the Miami Heat, but don't look for him to add the Filipino boxing champ to the coaching staff anytime soon.

"That won't happen, but I'd love to have him come out and spend some time with the team," Spoelstra said Tuesday.

Pacquiao announced recently he plans to become the player-coach of the newly-created Kia Motors team when the next season of the Philippine Basketball Association begins.

"Even when I was a kid, even before I learned to box, basketball was my first love," said Pacquiao.

Spoelstra, who is of Filipino descent, and Pacquiao are two of the most popular sports figures in the Philippines. They also share the common bond of a love of basketball.

"It doesn't surprise me," Spoelstra said of Pacquiao becoming a coach. "He's a tremendous fan of basketball and the NBA.

"He plays pickup all the time. But I'm sure Freddie Roach doesn't appreciate that."

Spoelstra will travel to the Philippines during the off season to conduct basketball clinics and he hopes to attend one of Pacquiao's games.

"I'll try to make it out and see if I can catch a game this summer," said Spoelstra whose Heat are down 1-2 with the San Antonio Spurs in the best-of-seven NBA championship finals.

Being a basketball coach is just the latest role for eight-time champion boxer Pacquiao, who has also tried his hand at politics, acting and preaching.

If Pacquiao pushes through with his basketball career, he would have to do so while training for an upcoming fight in November and serving his constituents as a congressman.

"He has an incredible way of managing all the different things on his plate. I couldn't do that," said Spoelstra, who is the first Filipino-American head coach in any of the major North American pro sports.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by shadow-boxer on 06-12-2014

[QUOTE=hectari;14654270][B]David Beckham even went to Macau just to see [B][/B]him box[/B], and this is right after Pacman got knocked out cold, so you know Pac's fans are legit, while Floyd fans are the ones making fun of Pac being knocked…

Comment by JohnDough on 06-12-2014

[QUOTE=PAC-BOY;14654896]:AOR::WORD:[IMG][/IMG][/QUOTE Floyd was invited to speak to the team first by the team president last year, but I'm sure they would still listen to Pac. [url][/url]

Comment by FloydvsPac on 06-12-2014

[QUOTE=JaYDeuce11;14654242]Yea its just a pick-up basketball game, but right there shows the mentalitly difference between May vs Pac, Broner, Cotto etc. who dare to be great. Broner's an a** but that least he's got balls to fight the best. He…

Comment by assiong on 06-12-2014

[QUOTE=-MAKAVELLI-;14654149]dont do it are a man of god...Lebron James is Satan[/QUOTE] The more he have to accept the invitation so that he may save Lebron from hell.

Comment by PAC-BOY on 06-12-2014

[QUOTE=LA_2_Vegas;14654139]Manny gets the invitation, Floyd has to buy a ticket. LOL ouch[/QUOTE] :AOR::WORD:[IMG][/IMG]

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