Boxer Manny Pacquiao has plenty of money. Metta World Peace (Or is it Panda Friend now?), however, seems to have issues with it as a 34-year-old out of the NBA with diminishing skills.
Last year, according to a recent suit from the mother of his children, World Peace made $9 million. The Knicks bought him out of his $3.2 million contract.
So Pacquiao has said that he will be recruiting World Peace to play for Pacquiao's expansion team in the Phillipine Basketball Association.
Pacquiao is both a player and coach for the new Kia Sorrentos in the league. "We need a good import," Pacquiao told AP. "If we get him, that would be nice.”
World Peace's issues
World Peace has plenty of ploys to gain attention, one of them is probably not the recent suit from the mother of one of his children about payment for World Peace's son's private high school tuition, according to the New York Post.
Most recently, he signed with a Chinese team called the Sichuan Blue Whales and reported that he would change his name to Pandas Friend. He tweeted a warning of the news on Aug. 1: "I'm changing my name for the China this season !!!! You guys will love it"
The former Chicago Bulls first-round pick averaged just 4.8 points per games last season before his Knicks release. That's far from the 20.5 points per game he averaged for the Kings in 2007-08.
He averaged 24.6 points per game in 2004 for the Pacers before missing the rest of the season, a total 73 games, for a fight with a fan in Detroit back when his name was Ron Artest.
Though he still hasn't fought Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao seems to be doing just fine. He is a championship boxer and a politician.
The Associated Press also reported that he will be setting up the Manny Pacquiao Boxing Education Institute in China through an agreement he recently made with the a Chinese company and China's government.
He also is pretty good at basketball for standing just 5-foot-6.
Recently, Pacquiao left his $585,000 Rolex at a hotel and later was able to recover it for a reward. But Pacquiao now has his eyes set on his Nov. 22 fight and also luring World Peace to his pro basketball team.