Manny Pacquiao wants to sign Metta World Peace to his PBA team

Manny Pacquiao, the newly drafted Philippine Basketball Association player-coach of the Kia Motors, Inc., team, is hoping to get his friend Metta World Peace to join him as hi tries to extend his championship pedigree to the basketball courts.
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Manny Pacquiao, the newly drafted Philippine Basketball Association player-coach, is hoping to get Metta World Peace to join him as he tries to extend his championship pedigree to the basketball courts.

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The eight-time world champion is hoping he can use his friendship with the player to be known as The Panda's Friend to get him to join the team, according to The Philippine Star.

“Okay yun. Kaibigan ko yun (He’s my friend),” said Pacquiao of the 6-foot-7 star, who showed up in a press conference in Beverly Hills to announce the Filipino’s fight against Miguel Cotto in 2009.

“Kailangan namin ng magaling na import (We need a good import),” he added.

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World Peace recently signed to play for the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association this season, and it seems unlikely he could get out of that deal, as other NBA players have struggled to break their CBA contracts.

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