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Pacquiao fights for the Celtics

03.10.10 at 7:15 pm ET
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Prior to Wednesday’s game with Memphis, many of the Celtics had a special motivational gift waiting for them in their lockers.

Manny Pacquiao, widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, sent several red autographed boxing gloves to the Celtics as a measure of gratitude for being bestowed an honorary member of the Celtics, according to Phillipines news report.

“There’s no message, no message,” insisted Celtics coach Doc Rivers before Wednesday’s game.

“It honestly wasn’t from me,” Rivers added. “Pacquiao is obviously a huge Celtics fan and he tried to get to our walk-through in the hotel ballroom before we played the Lakers [in Los Angeles] so he just sent that to us. That’s nice. It’s a good gesture.”

Asked if he hopes his players make use of the gloves, Rivers quipped, “No, not on each other.”

The relationship between Pacquiao and the Celtics grew closer in 2008 when Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo watched him capture the World Boxing Council lightweight title from David Diaz and then congratulated him afterward.

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