Charles Barkley: I could knock Pacquiao out


NBA legend Charles Barkley and boxing super star Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — NBA legend Charles Barkley, storied career and all, claims that a day with the Filipino pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao was one of the highlights of his life.

Barkley, along with another NBA hall-of-famer Reggie Miller, talked about their morning with Pacquiao two weeks ago in passing during the telecast of the Miami-San Antonio game on TNT Friday morning (Manila time).

“We spent a day with Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach, and let me tell you something — one of the great days of my life,” said Barkley. “I love Manny Pacquiao but Freddie Roach is amazing.”

The NBA legends filmed a special segment with Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles as the boxer was preparing for his December 9 bout against Juan Manuel Marquez.

Miller and Barkley joined Pacquiao in his morning jog at Griffith Park before learning a thing or two in the ring in Roach’s gym.

And Barkley is convinced that he could do something that almost all of Pacquiao’s opponents hasn’t done.

“I don’t wanna brag, but there’s no doubt in my mind I could knock Manny Pacquiao out,” confidently said Barkley.

And naturally, Miller did not concur, saying “No, you can’t. Manny (Pacquiao) call me, let’s set this up.”

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    The charisma of Pacquiao has already died down that is why all of the publicity and funfare is done.

  • palakasantayo

    It’s a publicity stunt… we know that. But, can’t you see that the pacman attracts the attention of other well known athletes… what about the others… the likes of the other boxers, do you see them being cajole by the same crowd?  No… because pacquio is approachable and not afraid of talking even though his english is not perfect. He is a likeable person. 

  • D_BystandeR

    Charles Barkley, because of his big body frame compared to Manny Pacquiao, bragged to have the power to “knock him out.” When I was on my early teens, I watched a casual boxing bout in our place somewhere in Mindanao between a big and muscled man against an opponent of medium frame but with “lightning speed.” That big man’s punches, no matter how hard he tried, could not hit him and looked like the punching bag of his opponent. I think this is the scenario we can expect to happen to Barkley even if we know this is not possible. Barkley’s big mouth will surely shut up when he “tastes” Manny’s “killer punch!” 

  • simondj

    oh yeah??? in words but not in works.

  • Ratzkey

    Ibang klase talaga si Pacman may pa Barkley, Miller tsaka may Stallone pa nuon tsaka Kobe Bryant. Sana magawa niya ang dapat gawin kay Marquez kasi parang nakakahiya din sa mga sikat sa America hanggang dun lang pala ang kaya nya.

  • sam_aquino

    oh, yeah…  that is if you can hit him…  what if pacquiao hits you back??? it’ll be sweet dreams for you, barkley…

    Zzzzzz… X-(

  • Luzviminda

    Folks, on the serious side here in the US, Barkley is one respected basketball/sports analyst. Why? he’s a straightshooter.  If you’re wrong and you cross him, he’ll cream you and you go back to the beginning of the line.  Try this, watch one of Barkley’s appearance as an analyst/host at a tv game, along with 3-4 others around him.  You’ll see right away he’s the one that makes sense in terms of talking about basketball/sports, your attention will rise as he talks.  The others will just be blabbing and make noise.

  • Karabukov

    In a video game, yeah, sure.

  • CmdrAdobo

    LOL. Banter only.

  • pangitbudhiko

    maybe yes maybe no. Charles at 6’5 inches and  at 265 pounds and pacquiao at 5’5inches at 145 lbs. pagnakatsamba si charles, meron tulog si pacquiao, but kung tatama si charles, ngayon ang problema, paano makakasuntok si pacquiao, if he will not go in.

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