MANILA, Philippines – Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant picks Manny Pacquiao to win over Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the event the blockbuster fight between the two boxers pushes through.
"Manny's a good friend, I actually love him," Bryant said referring to his fellow Nike endorser, Pacquiao.
Bryant, who is in Manila for his Nike "Take Every Advantage" Asia tour, said he admires the Filipino boxing congressman from Sarangani province.
"I love his tenacity, I love his competitiveness, you know what I mean? So, Manny's my guy," Bryant said, when asked to pick between Pacquiao and Mayweather.
Boxing pundits expect the two pound-for-pound champions to clash possibly next year.
Pacquiao is scheduled for a 3rd fight against Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12.
Mayweather, on the other hand, faces Victor Ortiz on September 17.
Sports Illustrated.com's Chris Mannix said the two matches are perfect set-ups for a Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown next year.
"It sets up a May 2012 collision between two of boxing's best," Mannix said in his column.
"These two have done this dance with each other for years but several industry insiders believe this is how it is being set up," he added.