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    Unimpressed Pacman gives Barkley, Miller's boxing skills a failing mark

    Dec 5, 2012

    THEY may be basketball Hall of Famers, but the fact remains that both Reggie Miller and Charles Barkley can't be good at boxing.

    Manny Pacquiao, the biggest name in the sweet science today, was the first to attest to that.

    Asked how the two retired basketball superstars did when Pacquiao taught them the finer points of the sport during a special presentation of TNT, the Filipino let out a big laugh and shook his head a couple of times.

    "There's no boxing in basketball," he said, drawing laughter from the people gathered around him as Pacquiao hinted what was obvious.

    `Charles and Reggie: Toe to Toe with Manny Pacquiao’ will be aired two days before the eight-time world champion’s fourth meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) at the MGM Grand.

    Part of the 30-minute special feature was shot at the Wild Card gym where Pacquiao and the two legendary cage stars were joined by trainer Freddie Roach.

    Roach said the shooting of the TV special was not a distraction at all to Pacquiao’s training camp.

    “It’s actually a lot of fun meeting guys like that, they’re the stars of the sport. They’re nice,” Roach said.

    When asked if the basketball stars can throw a punch, Roach answered `some.’

    To which Pacquiao added, “Only in hockey games is there fighting. Hockey players should be the ones to practice boxing because they know how to punch.”

    Barkley, who once famously brawled with Shaquille O'Neal in a game, says that "as a boxing fan, (training with Pacquiao) was one of the coolest things I've ever done."

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