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    Pacquiao shows where his heart is by wearing Kyrie jersey in L.A. pickup game

    Nov 24, 2018
    PHOTO: jhay otamias

    AFTER previously showing his fondness for Steph Curry, Manny Pacquiao is again reminding everybody where his heart truly is.

    The boxing legend showed up in a friendly basketball match in Los Angeles wearing a Kyrie Irving no. 11 playing jersey to the delight of those at the Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center.

    The 39-year-old Pacquiao played a couple of pick-up games with his friends and entourage for the benefit of the Salvation Army movement just before Thanksgiving Day.

    It was the first time the eight-time world division champion, also a Philippine senator, came out in public wearing a Boston Celtics shirt after being seen in the past sporting Curry’s best-selling no. 30 jersey with the Golden State Warriors.

    But Pacquiao has been vocal about being a Celtics fan since he was a kid and felt ecstatic when members of the Boston team that just won the 2008 NBA championship led by Kevin Garnett, visited him in the locker room shortly after retaining his World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title with a ninth round stoppage of David Diaz in Las Vegas.

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    Pacquiao managed to incorporate a pick-up game in his busy schedule after concluding the two-city press tour of his coming title defense of the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight belt against Adrian Broner.

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    The kick-off leg of the fight promotions was held in New York City before proceeding to L.A.

    Pacquiao and wife Jinkee, along with some members of the family, spent a few more days in California afterwards to await the Thanksgiving Day celebration.

    The boxing champ is scheduled to arrive back in Manila on Sunday morning.

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