Bid to discover Chinese boxers
FILIPINO boxer Manny Pacquiao hopes to unearth the next Chinese world champion and help grow the sport with an academy in the largely untapped country.
The 38-year-old, who controversially lost his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn in July, was in Beijing this week.
He and Chinese sports development firm Dancing Sports held a signing ceremony that included plans to build a Manny Pacquiao International Boxing Academy in the capital, the company said.
Dancing Sports chairman Zhou Wenxin said their tie-up would deepen Chinese-Philippine relations in boxing and beyond.
The academy will draft in coaches from abroad to help develop Chinese boxing, which has never had a truly world-class fighter.
There is no public timeline for when it will be built.