June 11, 2023

Manny Pacquiao speaks up about being compared to Nuggets star Nikola Jokic

Manny Pacquiao speaks up about being compared to Nuggets star Nikola Jokic
Manny Pacquiao/Associated Press

With just under three minutes left in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic hit one of the craziest shots in recent playoff history.

A stepback, fall-away, one-legged 3-pointer.

It sounds hard enough, and then add the fact that Anthony Davis heavily contested his shot.

Still, splash. Wetter than water. 

Jokic’s insane shot gave the Nuggets a comfortable lead late in the game—which ultimately contributed to their 113-111 Game 4 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, completing an impressive 4-0 sweep of the Purple and Gold.

Some NBA fans, though, took notice of Jokic’s shooting form. Twitter page NBA Memes said it saw shades of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao's own shot stance.

Now, the eight-division world champion is a legendary boxer. It's safe to say that he's not as legendary in basketball. The Filipino icon's shooting form is not exactly textbook.  

“Jokic really got that Pacquiao form and it's still going in,” the Twitter account posted. 

The former head coach and player for the PBA club Kia Sorento (now Terrafirma Dyip) took the jokes in stride and joined in on the fun.

In an Instagram story, Pacquiao spoke up about Jokic’s shot, specifically the one that led to the aforementioned 3-pointer. 

“It’s all in the form,” Manny jokingly wrote. 

As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don't fix it.”

Leading the Nuggets to the NBA Finals sounds nothing like broken. Lakers fans would know.