Bid to dis­cover Chi­nese box­ers

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT -

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.

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