- Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said Wednesday he is to open a Chinese government-backed chain of boxing academies across China to train potential future world champions.
The Chinese government will embark on the first "Manny Pacquiao Boxing Education Institute" in Beijing, with others to be built elsewhere in China later, Pacquiao announced on Manila's ABS-CBN television in a telephone call from Shanghai.
"The plan is to share with them my boxing knowledge," said the 35-year-old Filipino World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion.
"With a population of 1.4 billion, they have so many boxers. So I think they would be able to produce good fighters, like world champions," he added.
"The important thing is to teach them the basics."
Pacquiao was in China this week to promote his November 23 WBO welterweight title defence in Macau against Chris Algieri.