Pacquiao hopes to help unearth Chinese champSports | 8 Dec 2017
Manny Pacquiao hopes to unearth the next Chinese world boxing champion and help grow the sport with an academy in the mainland.
The 38-year-old Filipino icon was in Beijing this week for a signing ceremony with Chinese sports-development firm Dancing Sports, with plans to build a Manny Pacquiao International Boxing Academy in the capital.
Zhou Wenxin, chairman of Dancing Sports, said their tie-up will deepen Sino-Philippine relations in boxing and beyond.
The academy will import coaches from abroad to help develop Chinese boxing.
The mainland's most famous boxer, two-time Olympic gold medallist Zou Shiming, lost his WBO flyweight title when he was knocked out by unheralded Japanese Sho Kimura in his first defense in July.
When Pacquiao's plans for China were first announced in 2014, he said the partnership could help thaw frosty ties between the Philippines and China.