Pacquiao, the WBO welterweight champion, is making plans to meet with Lin at Madison Square Garden tomorrow. Pacquiao will be in town for a press conference at Chelsea Piers on Thursday to announce his match against Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on June 9.
Pacquiao is a basketball fiend. He owns a basketball team in the Philippines called the MP-Gensan Warriors. Pacquiao is a point guard on the team and wears No. 17 — the same as Lin.
The duo does have a lot in common. Both are international sensations that have emerged after working so hard behind the likes of more famous athletes in front of them. Both are ego-free and care about helping out the community by using their fame. Both have inspired thousands and, in Pacman’s case, possibly millions of people.
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