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Manny Pacquiao -- Pausing Hoop Dreams For Mega-Fight ... Teammates Say

Manny Pacquiao Pausing Hoop Dreams For Mega-Fight ... Teammates Say

2/25/2015 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Manny Pacquiao's teammates are calling BS on reports that he'll continue playing pro basketball while training for the big fight ... telling TMZ Sports the Pac-Man is definitely putting his other career on hold for the time being.

We spoke to Manny's teammates on Kia Carnival -- a professional hoops team in the Philippine Basketball Association -- and they tell us despite reports to the contrary Pacquiao is 100% shutting it down.

"He's definitely not going to play until after the Mayweather fight," guard Karl Dehesa tells us. 

It makes sense ... the fight is expected to be the biggest payday in boxing history so it'd be kinda crazy to risk injury ... especially for a guy who averages less than a point a game.

Manny is also the head coach for Kia Carnival, but Dehesa says he's pressing pause on that too. 

"He hasn't been around since they announced the fight ... he's got a team of assistants that take over when he can't be in games or practice."

Dehesa added, "I love playing for Kia Carnival. Manny's an inspiration and we are all rooting for him. Plus, we can't wait for him to get back on the court!" 

Cheer up Manny, by collecting millions of dollars to not play basketball ... you're finally just like Kobe.

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