Manny Pacquiao (L) from the Philippines and Chris Algieri of the U.S. pose during a promotional event at a hotel in downtown Shanghai August 26, 2014. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Algieri at the Venetian's Cotai Arena in Macau on November 22, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SPORT BOXING)
Eight-division titleholder Manny Pacquiao is certainly spreading his wings beyond boxing, one more indicator that his retirement from the ring is just around the corner. On Thursday, he said in Macau that he plans to open a Manny Pacquiao Institute in China. The first campus would be in Beijing.
The announcement comes on the heels of his appointment as playing coach of a Philippine professional basketball team.
Pacquiao said he decided to open the boxing school in China because the country is capable of producing world boxing champions and is already famous for being the home of accomplished fighters and Olympic medalists.
"They just need some knowledge about boxing and should be taught the basics," Pacquiao was quoted by Pep.ph.
He plans to visit the boxing training school at least once a month once it starts operations, said the Filipino boxer who is fighting American boxer Chris Algieri in Macau on Nov 23.
Pacquiao believes opening the boxing school in China could help repair the tenuous diplomatic relationship between the two countries over territorial dispute since Chinese government officials would be involved in the project.
The boxer was in Shanghai and is in Macau for his 6-city promo tour with Algiere. From China, they would fly to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York for the remaining leg of their much-anticipated bout.