MANILA, Philippines – Even in a press conference that is supposed to be all about his transfer to Cal State Northridge, Filipino basketball standout Kobe Paras cannot escape the long shadow of the nation's most famous athlete – Manny Pacquiao.
In a press conference where he was introduced as the newest member of the CSUN Matadors, Paras was asked for his thoughts on Pacquiao as a basketball player.
"From a basketball standpoint, I can't talk about that just because I haven't been with him playing," said Paras.
However, Paras was quick to add that he was impressed with Pacquiao's ability to handle several different responsibilities, even comparing the "Pacman" to fictional superhero Tony Stark.
"It's just funny to me, because he can be everything. He's like the real-life Tony Stark – he's a billionaire and he's a [senator], he's a boxer, and he's a coach and a player," Paras said. "That's not something you see every day."
Indeed, just as Tony Stark juggles being a billionaire, playboy and philanthropist – on top of being Iron Man – Pacquiao also manages to be a Senator, an active boxer, and the playing coach of the Mahindra Floodbuster in the PBA.
"He's a great guy," Paras said of Pacquiao. "I know him really just because of my dad. I haven't seen him in a while, but I'm excited for his next fight."
Pacquiao returns to action on July 2 to face Australia's Jeff Horn in a welterweight bout in Brisbane.
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