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Manny Pacquiao: 10 Things He'll Do with $25 Million Margarito Payday

Elliott PohnlFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2010

Manny Pacquiao: 10 Things He'll Do with $25 Million Margarito Payday

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    Manny Pacquiao blasted Antonio Margarito early and often Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium and reminded boxing fans that he remains the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

    Apparently, all that noise that Pacquiao wasn't focused during his training was just that—noise.

    The win by unanimous decision netted the Filipino fighter $25 million, opening the door for one spectacular spending spree.

    Here's a look at 10 ways Manny Pacquiao will put his earnings to good use.

No. 10: Build a Basketball Court Inside His Home

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    Manny Pacquiao loves basketball, so it's only natural he would put some of his money towards constructing a court inside his own home.

    Talk about every man's dream.

    For the sake of making things interesting, Manny's court would be erected complete with a retractable roof.

    In addition to the retractable roof, Manny would also employ nine other players on standby to play pick-up games around the clock.

    It must be nice to be rich.

No. 9: Book a Trip to Space

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    Pacquiao is a man who will try his hand at just about anything.

    Who knows, maybe he might want to explore the solar system by launching himself into space.

    With tickets starting at upwards of $200,000, he could easily afford to put his name on the waiting list.

    There's something hysterical about picturing one of the best fighters ever all snugged up inside a space suit.

No. 8: Acting Lessons

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    Manny has appeared in a number of films, and has reportedly had some talks with Sly Stallone in hopes of landing a staring role at some point.

    Brace yourselves for another Hollywood classic.

    Even if you haven't seen any of Manny's tapes, it's a safe bet to assume he could use some additional acting lessons.

    There are plenty of out-of-work actors who could lend a helping hand.

    Joaquin Phoenix would be a perfect candidate.

No. 7: Put the Money into a Politcal Fund

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    Without knowing exactly how campaign financing works in the Philippines, it's impossible to know exactly how much money Pacquiao would need to further his political career.

    It's safe to say his identity is pretty well known in his native country.

    But an aggressive campaign could help him take the next step. And if he feels threatened, he could simply try to buy off his opponents.

    Anything for the good of the nation.

No. 6: Open a Boxing Academy

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    By all accounts, Manny is a man of the people.

    Why not give back by opening up a few boxing academies?

    Although it would be a constructive way to spend millions, it wouldn't be very fun.

No. 5: Make His Own Movie

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    Pacquiao has plenty of experience in front of the camera, but has yet to get his feet wet as a producer or director.

    As history has shown us, experience doesn't necessarily matter when it comes to getting your name on a film as a director.

    Thanks to James Cameron and so many others, $25 million wouldn't exactly allow Pacquiao to do much in the way of CGI.

    Instead, his film would be about raw emotion and feature gritty Clint Eastwood cast in a starring role.

No. 4: Get Some Singing Lessons

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    Pacquiao loves to entertain, and that includes letting the world hear his booming pipes when he breaks into song.

    If he wants to take the next step in his acting career, adding little more versatility wouldn't hurt.

    Justin Bieber doesn't come cheap, so Manny might have to overpay to learn from the teenage master.

No. 3: Buy an NBA D-League Franchise, Then Sign Himself

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    Manny has already played for a semi-pro basketball team he owned in the Philippines, so it would make sense for him to make the jump into the real deal.

    Sort of, at least.

    Twenty-five million dollars would get Manny into professional basketball in the states, enabling him to take his talents to Erie, Reno or Boise.

    Teamed with Roy Jones Jr. in the backcourt, Pacquiao would suddenly make D-League hoops worth watching.

No. 2: Pay for Margarito to Undergo Sensitivity Training

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    Sure, Antonio Margarito has apologized for his actions last week mocking Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach.

    That doesn't mean he is actually sorry for what he did.

    Based on that transgression and his constant habit of bringing light to his doctored wraps, Margarito could use a behavioral adjustment.

    A little sensitivity training could go a long way.

No. 1: Help Out His Friend Floyd

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    Floyd Mayweather is in a bit of a legal mess right now.

    Since Pretty Boy hasn't fought in over a year, Pacquiao could offer to loan his enemy some cash to ease those legal problems.

    After a judge raised Mayweather's bail stemming from his arrest in September to $31,000 last week, a small handout would probably be appreciated.

    Who knows, maybe extending the olive branch would help make the fight that has never happened become a reality.

    Just don't bank on it...

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