Manila, Philippines (The Adob Chronicles) – Boxing coaches usually throw in the towel into the boxing ring to signify the end of a boxing match and to concede defeat. But Filipino world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao did it himself today without any help from his boxing coach. Pacquiao becomes the first boxing champion to throw in the towel outside of an actual boxing fight.
Pacquiao is the first and only eight-division world champion, in which he has won ten world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. According to Forbes, he is the 14th highest paid athlete in the world.
The champion boxer is throwing in the towel in favor of his first love: basketball.
In a press conference Monday, Pacquiao was officially named head coach of KIA Motors’ new team that will be playing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) next season. PBA is the local counterpart of the American NBA. KIA Motors is the local franchise of the South Korean car manufacturing company.
Pacquiao was seen profusely sweating during the press conference, apparently because the airconditioning unit at the Manila Overseas Club was not working. He kept wiping his sweat with his favorite boxing towel which he has always considered his lucky charm.
At the conclusion of the press conference, Pacquiao threw the towel into his new red and white gym bag marked KIA Motors Head Coach.
Many of Pacquiao’s political rivals are also hoping he would throw in the towel as Congress representative of his native province of Sarangani. Congressman Pacquiao curently holds the record as the Philippine Legislature’s No. 1 Absentee.