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Irish Coffee: Manny Pacquiao loves the Celtics

Wake up with the Celtics [1] and your daily dose of Irish Coffee ‘€¦

When Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao plays basketball, he wears a Kevin Garnett [2] Celtics jersey — and drops 15-foot buckets like No. 5. Maybe Garnett should implement the old bounce-the-ball-off-the-defender’s-knees move from the embedded video. If only the 5-foot-7 Pac-Man were a foot taller.

Pacquiao’s man love for KG & Co. — and vice versa — has long been publicized. Soon after the 2008 NBA title run, a bunch of Celtics attended the southpaw’s victory against David Diaz in Las Vegas and celebrated with him afterward [3]. In March 2009, Pacquiao sent a bunch of autographed boxing gloves [4] to the Celtics prior to a game. And last summer, Paul Pierce [5] called Pacquiao the “best pound-for-pound boxer in the world [6].”

Pacquiao’s next fight just happens to be against Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas on Nov. 12. I’m guessing it’s no coincidence that Allen Iverson [7]‘s Las Vegas Superstar Challenge is scheduled for Nov. 12-13, and Pierce is involved [8]. Let’s just say there could be a few players battling hangovers in the championship game of The Answer’s two-day tournament. Good thing Iverson has no distractions during the showcase.

Maybe Garnett, Pierce and Rajon Rondo [9] could also link up with Pac-Man when they visit Macau — about a two-hour flight from the Philippines — during the All-Star World Classic tour that begins in Puerto Rico on Sunday. All three Celtics are scheduled to participate [10] in the exhibition along with Kobe Bryant [11] and 10 others.

Or maybe the NBA lockout will end by Sunday [12], and Pacquiao can watch all 82 Celtics games on TV.

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