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Manny Pacquiao's pro basketball debut not so great

Manny Pacquiao should probably stick to boxing.

Jeoffrey Maitem
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Among Manny Pacquiao's many focus-draining interests and jobs in life -- boxer, Congressman, lover -- he is also now some level of professional basketball player and coach, as he's with KIA Sorento of the Philippine Basketball Association. Pacquiao's love of Kurtis Blow's favorite sport is well-known, and has in the past been talked about during his camps as a possible injury risk.

But with about a month to go before he fights Chris Algieri in Macau, the 35-year-old WBO welterweight titleholder made his regular season debut for KIA Sorento. It wasn't so great, as he played seven minutes and committed two turnovers in an 80-66 win.

Pacquiao will now take a break from the team, which will allow him to focus on that thing he does that has made him wealthy and famous and beloved, and allowed him the time to opportunity to play basketball terribly for supplemental income and kicks and giggles, living out his fantasies as the third-string point guard.

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