Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  36 responses

Kobe Bryant Watched Manny Pacquiao Train for His Next Fight

Kobe is apparently a boxing fan. Yesterday, Bryant watched Manny Pacquiao train in the ring for his November 13th 12th bout against Juan Manuel Marquez. From Phil Boxing: “NBA superstar Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers who shares a passion for basketball with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and was featured along with Manny as one of the high profile Nike endorsers, visited Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym Thursday. Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said Bryant spent about an hour and watched Pacquiao train. Bryant who has made several visits to the Philippines including his last visit with a roster of All Stars including Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Derek Fischer among others. One of the highlights of the visitors game against the Smart Gilas national team was when Pacquiao arrived at the Araneta Coliseum and Kobe strode across the court during a timeout to greet Pacquiao who walked over to the NBA superstars who posed with him for photographs and got the eight division world champion’s autograph.”

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  • Saku 39

    Fight is on Nov 12.

  • Marcel Mutoni

    Fixed the date. Thanks, Saku.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Did he also watch him inject steroids?

  • Rubin B.

    Philippines time Nov 13, 12 hours early.

  • Saku 39

    Yeah, I should have specified Nov 12 in the U.S. If Kobe is attending the fight it would be cool if also accompanies Pac during the ring walk.

  • Ballislove

    Go pacman!

  • http://nba.com GP23

    all I care is that he eventually fights Floyd Mayweather.

  • baller23

    yo kobe did you mention to Pacman how you got punch up by chris child!

  • whooo!

    seems like all the nba players got nothing but love for Pac Man, which is pretty awesome. definitely defies Money May’s assertion that “americans should support americans” in boxing.

  • http://forumblueandgold.com jbn74sb

    Hopefully Manny shared some of his “training secrets” with the Kobester.

  • DRU

    J hope of Floys D… seriously.

  • tomtom

    I hate the nickname pacman, but it’s better than ‘the kobester’ jbn74sb come on man lol.

  • Mike
  • Dwade3

    Im not a kobe fan,but recently i admire the humbleness of kobe.hey jtaylor21 and whoo.,it doesnt matter what race we the people are all the same and equal.im asian but i have a lot of african american friends and mj and dwade and lebron i like them.,all i care is about the greatness and sportmanship of each individual.,enuff said.

  • Ldub20

    Mayweather=Villain of boxing and lowkey, it appears he likes it that way. He seems to enjoy the “hatorade”, he embraces it and because of that, people always look for someone to dethrone the villain. Someone on the same level (or would appear to be on the same level). Enters Pac…fighting the best, not losing, demolishing opponents left and right, and fighting consistently as well. People want Mayweather to lose, they also want Pac to win. They are polar opposites. Arrogant vs humble, soft spoken vs loud, the list could continue all day. Anyone who changes their nickname from “Pretty Boy” to “Money” is sure to catch some an hatred now and then. Hopefully MAY 5th, 2012 will be the day we all get to witness the fight of the century! Only time will tell!!!

  • jayb

    interesting..was this in LA? i know kobe likes boxing to train….it was in his sprite commercial back in the day..he was rockin some space jams too…holla!!!

  • http://forumblueandgold.com jbn74sb

    Said by he who refers to himself as tomtom. Isn’t that a Garmin device?

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Seriously, Pac just needs to go ahead and take the dang steroid test…cats actin like thats too much to ask of an athlete. Olympic athletes do it REGULARLY in and out of competition…why can’t a boxer do it??? And Pac is really fighting Floyd’s leftovers of recent. His last meaningful fight was against Cotto and really Cotto was semi-washed at that point to (mentally more than physically but definitely both). Beating JMM at this point says absolutely nothing…other than I’m beating a smaller man that just got beaten by a bigger man…lol its whatever cause its probably gonna be the best fight of the year or like the last few lol. I love boxing man, LOVE IT….but the sport is just bout cremated at this point. Floyd-Pac is the only hope…lets make it happen Pac, take the tests

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @Mike Thing about Pac thats different from Mayweather is that throughout his career Pac has always been a bigger man than his weight class. When Pac was fighting at 130-135, 145ish+ would probably be his walk-around weight. This is typical for most guys. Now his walk-around is probably around 150ish so basically he’s shwoing up before the fight at his natural weight. Floyd was a cat who was really smaller than his weight classes as he was moving up because there was no competition in the lower classes who made as much money as Oscar so thats who he was gunning for. Its really only now that he’s gotten older that he’s grown into a true welterweight, but it was a process of years. So its always seemed that Pacquiao just started gaining weight outta nowhere and knocking out giants, but Pacquiao was never ever a small guy. Floyd on the other hand was, thats why he’d never been as physically dominant at the higher weights then he was at lightweight

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    I’m a big Pac fan, but he needs to go head and take them dang tests and make this thing happen already….

  • HeavenCent

    For all the people asking PAC to agree to drug testing, he already did. Floyd needs to look for another excuse to dodge him. Also PAC adheres to all drug testing required by the rules of his sport. Floyd making it look like the man doesn’t follow rules. It’s like asking NBA players to stop in the middle of practice in the middle of a finals series and subject to a drug test. besides are the tests going to be for both sides? is Floyd taking the same tests during training?

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    btw the world is still sleeping on my dude Timothy Bradley, I might sound like a straight fool but I really really think he would beat Mayweather….He has the speed, the toughness, and the defense to make Floyd really work, something I don’t think anyone else out there can do….I don’t know if he would beat Pacquiao because styles make fights and I know he’d be real tempted to bang it out with him he we all know what happens when you do that.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Anderson Silva would kick all their a$$e$.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Don’t get JTaylor started on MMA vs. boxing, Lake…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chubachuchi

    what the hell slam a posted 2 huge paragraphs and its not posting

  • http://bulls.com airs

    wowwww. manny agreed to take all the UNNECCESSARY drug tests which mayweather would NOT take himself. how are ppl getting this wrong?? he only said he wouldnt take a blood test the day of the fight, which is a ridiculous request anyways
    mayweathers a punk. although as
    much as i wanna see his arrogant as* get knocked out, that would be a damn close fight

  • robb

    @The Black Rick Kamla the last time someone used his head against Floyd, he lost. Since that’s all Tim does, I don’t think he’d succeed.
    Funny how JTaylor suggests Pacquiao uses steroids. Man you’re the 2nd biggest Lebron nut hugger here, you can’t say that. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.



  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    for once cosign Lake..

  • Oh Nose

    ^as he makes a racial comment…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    This comment thread was a beautiful example of what i’ve come to be amused by…Lake… top stuff… then others come in with random racist joy… :/ hahha

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/kobe-bryant-watched-manny-pacquiao-train-for-his-next-fight/ Jomay

    THE BLACK RICK KAMLA should change his name to THE BLACK IGNORANT PU$$Y coz everything he just said is just plain ignorant.

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  • http://bulls.com airs

    still don’t understand how the f*ck manny comes off being the “scared one” to people.
    mayweather is making up all these qualifications for a fight and rumors so ppl would get on his side.
    drug tests that arent even necessary in their sport, drug tests mayweather won’t even take himself!!!
    manny even said he’d do all the—forget it. its already been said. people are just dumbas*ses

  • pacman

    Game recognize game!

  • trolling troll

    manny agreed to any god damn test gayweather requested, dont you read or watch news????? and here’s some bonus